"Harnessing the Science of Fisheries for Food, Nutrition and Livelihood"

Kanyakumari Parakkai Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (KKP CeSA)

Kanyakumari Parakkai Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (KKP CeSA)

Kanyakumari District is situated in the southernmost part of the Indian subcontinent. It is bounded by a coastal line of 72 km. The district has 42 fishing villages along the coastline and fishing is their main occupation. The fishing population of the district is 143388 with 73471 men and 69917 women. The Centre was established initially as Veterinary University Training and Research Centre (Fisheries) (VUTRC (F)) at Parakkai, Kanyakumari District under Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University during 2002. Later it was renamed as Fisheries Training Research Centre, Parakkai when it was transferred to Tamil Nadu Fisheries University during 2013.

In 2017, the FTRC, Parakkai was attached with the Directorate of Sustainable Aquaculture as one of the production units of DSA and renamed as Kanyakumari Parakkai Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (KKPCeSA). The Centre was established to uplift the socio-economic status of farmers and fishing community in Kanyakumari District and disseminate the latest technologies in inland fish farming and marine fisheries to the stakeholders. The centre caters to the needs of not only Kanyakumari district but also the adjoining districts like Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi. There were training programmes in the Centre in which entrepreneurs from all over the Tamil Nadu came and participated.

Mandates of the Centre

The Centre has the following objectives to contemplate:

  • To undertake research programmes in aquaculture relevant to the District.
  • To conduct training programmes in aquaculture, ornamental fish culture and fish processing to the fisherfolk and entrepreneurs of Kanyakumari District.
  • To offer guidance to the fishery entrepreneurs in aquaculture.
  • To work in coordination with the State Fisheries Department for the benefit of the stakeholders in fisheries in the district.
  • To disseminate the technology through exhibitions and distribution of pamphlets on fisheries technologies.

Teaching

PG Courses

Sl. No

Course No

Title of the Course

Credit Hours

1

FRM.501

Inland Fisheries Resources

2 +1

Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects:

Sl.No

Title of the Project

Year

PI & Co- PI of the Project

Funds (in Rs)

Funding Agency

1

Aqua One Centre

2019 - 2021

Mr.P. Velmurugan

20 lakhs

NFDB

2

Upgrading Sustainable Aquaculture production Centres of TNJFU for operation through Private-Public Partnership for Integrated Agriculture Development

2019 - 20

Mr.P. Velmurugan

8.5 lakhs

TN – Under NADP

Research Project proposal submitted;

Sl.No

Title of the Project

Year

PI & Co- PI of the Project

Funds (in Rs)

Funding Agency

1

Multiplication and Enhancement facility for SPF seeds of indigenous shrimps

2019

Mr. N. Daniel

500.00 Lakhs

DBT

Completed Research Projects:

Sl.No

Title of the Project

Year

PI & Co-PI of the Project

Funds   (in Rs)

Funding Agency

1

Mass breeding and Production of Ornamental fishes and Major carp seeds

2012 - 2014

Dr. S. David Kingston

111.80 Lakhs

NADP

2

Empowerment of SC & ST Population of Kanyakumari Dt.

2012 - 2016

Dr. S. David Kingston

13.23 Lakhs

DPT

2

Demonstration and Training for Farmer’s Capacity Building at Regional Outstations of CeSA in TNFU.

2017 - 2018

Dr. K. Ravaneswaran

100.534 lakhs

NADP

Extension Activities

Sl. No

Program & No Conducted

Year

Beneficiary

1

Ornamental fish culture-09
Composite fish culture-07
Value added fishery products-14

2013

225
209
278

2

Ornamental fish culture-07
Composite fish culture-03
Value added fishery products-05

2014

116
38
111

3

Ornamental fish culture-04
Composite fish culture-3
Value added fishery products-07

2015

127
62
197

4

Ornamental fish culture-03
Composite fish culture-05
Value added fishery products-04

2016

49
93
111

5

Ornamental fish culture-04
Composite fish culture-01
Value added fishery products-05
Loach fish farming-03

2017

78
12
133
50

6

Ornamental fish culture-01
Composite fish culture-02
Value added fishery products-02
Loach fish farming-04

2018

19
50
45
89

7

Ornamental fish culture-04
Freshwater fish culture-02
Loach fish farming-03

2019

58
45
51

Infrastructure

The Centre is located at Parakkai village on the Nagercoil – Manakudi road in 0.45 acres of land. The Centre has one building of 3000 ft, housing one training hall with 40 numbers capacity and other training hall with 100 numbers capacity, office room and exhibition hall. Fish processing Hall, 2 numbers of ornamental fish culture units, ornamental fish breeding unit, live feed culture unit, glass aquarium unit, carp hatchery, Rearing and breeding tanks for carps and ornamental fishes, loach breeding unit, loach culture tank and water aeration and recirculatory system.

Achievements

  • A simple low cost model unit for the production of Tubifex was designed.
  • Culture of loach was undertaken in a small lined earthen pond and found successful for propagation.
  • Breeding of loach in an artificially simulated system was tried and found successful.
  • Polyculture of loach with carps was attempted and found to be viable.

Current Focus

  • Increasing ornamental fish production
  • Breeding of more varieties of ornamental fishes
  • Establishment of live feed culture unit
  • Establishment of loach breeding unit
  • Periodical conduct of training programmes
  • Guest lectures in fisheries and aquaculture

Faculty Staff and Support Staff

Sl. No.

Name

Designation

E-mail

Telephone / Mobile

1

Mr. P. Velmurugan

Assistant Professor

pvelmurugan@tnfu.ac.in

8332085844

2

Mr. N. Daniel

Assistant Professor

danielfnft@gmail.com

7208636348

3

Mrs. P. Viji

Assistant

vijianjali.2011@gmail.com

7598188562

4

A. Sunilkumar

Attendant

Sunilsnow26@gmail.com

9524429990

Mr. P. Velmurugan
Mr. N. Daniel