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Thanjavur Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture

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Thanjavur Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (Thanjavur CeSA - HQ)

Thanjavur Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture (Formerly Fisheries Training and Research Centre) came into existence during 2001 by amalgamating the two schemes viz., Operational Research Project in Fish culture and Polyculture of fin and shell fishes functioning earlier in the VUTRC, (TANUVAS) Thanjavur and caters to the needs of freshwater aquaculture farmers in the Cauvery Delta region.

TCeSA comprises of an area of 1 ha. in which a Training Hall, Aquaculture Quality Testing Laboratory, Inland Cage Culture Demonstration Facility, Kayalaham (TNFU Retail Outlet) and Innovative Ornamental Fish Unit are established.

Mandates of the Centre:

  • To develop and maintain facilities for the research in inland aquaculture of commercial importance and developing innovative aquaculture technologies for the inland farming.
  • To develop advanced farming technologies for adoption by the farmers through demonstration and training.
  • To offer technical assistance to the farmers and entrepreneurs to solve their aquaculture problems.
  • To conduct extension programmes like training, consultancy, project formulation to fish farmers, unemployed youth and entrepreneurs in the area of Inland Aquaculture.
  • To provide a platform for the students’ and staff research in the University and implementation of academic, research or extension programmes of Govt. and non- governmental agencies.

Faculty in the Centre

The following faculty staff are working in the centre:


Assistant Professor and Head i/c


TCeSA, Thanjavur has trained more than 6,420 farmers through 236 trainings

This is the only fisheries training centre in the region to provide on- campus and off-campus training programmes regularly for the benefit of the farmers, entrepreneurs, women SHG members, fisherwomen, rural unemployed youth on freshwater fish farming, carp seed production, ornamental fish farming, preparation of value-added fishery products etc. Besides the simple extension of technology, presently the centre has metamorphosed into a production centre with fish production and marketing through retail sale outlet (Kayalaham) in the centre.


The centre is located in Thanjavur to Pattukottai main road at Soorakottai. The land mark is junction point (Pirivusalai) of the roads from Thanjavur to Mannargudi and Pattukottai

Contact Details:

The Assistant Professor and Head i/c

Thanjavur Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture, Pattukottai Main Road, Soorakottai,
Thanjavur – 614 904.