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The contributions made by the Project towards Harvest and Post - Harvest operations of Marine fish, infrastructure support and man power development for Fishing Industry are significant achievements as presented in the ensuing:

1. Fish Harvesting Technology

2. Post - Harvest Technology

3. Marine Engineering Division

Achievements /
Fish Harvesting Technology

The contribution in this area mainly consisted of:

1. Survey & Mapping of resources along SouthEast & SouthWest Coast

2. Location of commercial concentrations of Fish & Shellfish

3. Introduction of diversified Fishing methods & Training


Achievements / Fish Harvesting Technology /
1. Survey & Mapping of resources along SouthEast & SouthWest Coast

During the period between 1952-1998 a total fishing effort of 68,380 hours was expended mainly along southwest and southeast coasts. The distribution of fishing effort in continental shelf and oceanic waters of the region is furnished in the Table-1.

Indian Ocean expenditure was conducted during the period from 1962 to 1965. The objective of the exeditions was to collect physical, hydrographic, oceanographic and biological data of the Indian Seas. R.V.Varuna of the Project participated in the expedition with scientists from Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute.

Fishing Chart Fishing Chart


Achievements / Fish Harvesting Technology /
2. Location of commercial concentrations of Fish and Shellfish

During the period 1992-1999 the Project vessels landed a total of 799 tonnes of fish and shellfish through diversified fishing operations.

a. Shrimp Ground
b. Deep Sea Lobster Ground
c. Other Bottom Fish Resources
d. Pelagic Resources
e. Antarctic Krill


Achievements / Fish Harvesting Technology /
3. Introduction of diversified Fishing methods and Training

Introduction of mechanised boats and Deep Sea fishing vessels by the Project through import and indigenous construction paved the way for strategic shift of Indian fishing form traditional to modern methods. Bottom trawling, pair trawling, bobbin trawling for deep sea resources, single boat and two boat mid water/ pelagic trawling, purse-seining, long lining, trap fishing and hand lining are the main methods introduced by the Project during the past four decades. The technologies developed were disseminated by the Project.

The Project initiated various activities by way of extending facilities, conducting short-term training courses, providing consultancy services and also bringing out periodic publications in the form of reports, scientific and technical papers and bulletins. This was done in order to disseminate the experience and knowledge gained from the Project’s experimental and exploratory fishing operations and to transmit the development of technology to other areas, Both fishermen and concerned officials were given training in batches at Cochin since 1959. A regular training programme to train master fishermen deputed by State Governments and industries were started in August 1969. Details of training courses conducted along with the number of candidates trained during the period 1967 to 1998 and a list of publications of the Project are given in Annexure-IV and Annexure-V respectively.

The Project conducted practical fishery workshops in purse-seining, pelagic trawling etc. in various maritime states. The purpose of these workshops was to make available to the fishermen, entrepreneurs and the concerned fishery officials:

  1. The knowledge gained by the investigations conducted by the Project on various fishing methods and
  2. To create awareness in them with regard to the necessity to diversify the fishing techniques employed by them.

The first workshop of this kind was organised at Mangalore during March 1975 and subsequently similar workshops were conducted at Beypore, Mandapam and Mahe.




1. Fish Harvesting Technology  -

1.  Survey & Mapping of resources along SouthEast & SouthWest Coast  -

(a)[ Shrimp Ground ] / (b) [ Deep Sea Lobster Ground / (c) [ Other Bottom Fish Resources ] / (d) [ Pelagic Resources ] / (e) [ Antarctic Krill ]

2. Location of commercial concentrations of Fish & Shellfish  /
3. Introduction of diversified Fishing methods & Training

2. Post - Harvest Technology  -

1. Development of Processed Fish Products & By-Products -

(a) [Frozen Products ] / (b) [ Dried Products] / (c) [ Smoked& Canned Products ] / (d) [ Value - added Products ] / (e) [ Fishery By-products ]

2.  Pilot scale export of Processed Fish Products  /
3.   Popularisation of Processed Fish Products in the domestic market -

(a) [ Geographical coverage & outlet wise sales ] / [b] [ Ernakulam Stall ] / (c) [ Alwaye Stall ] / (d) [ Palai Stall ] / (e) [ Rural Marketing ] / (f) [ Canned & Dried Fish outlet - Krishi Bhavan, New Delhi ] / (g) [ Dealers ] / (h) [ Transportation of Products ] / [i] [ Addresses of the Outlets ]

3. Marine Engineering Division

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