Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, when came into being in 20L2, conducted series of Stakeholders' Meetings and Expeft Consultation Meeting to chart out the distinctive areas for research, extension and streamlining the academic programmes in the University. Based on the deliberations on enhancing aquaculture production in the State, a separate Directorate was felt essential and therefore, Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture was created. This Directorate was born on 01.01.2016 with the appointment of Director for the Centre. Later based on the significance of the Directorate for the effective role in the development of Sustainable Aquaculture in the State through research and extension programmes in different Centres under its fold, it has been renamed as "Directorate of Sustainable Aquaculture"
The Directorate of Sustainable Aquaculture was having its head quafters at TNFU, Nagapattinam till April 2017 and later it was shifted to Thanjavur for effective coordination of the activities in all the Centres for Sustainable Aquaculture under its control. Presently the Directorate of Sustainable Aquaculture is situated in Pattukkottai Road, Soorakkotai in Thanjavur. The Directorate has the following mandates:
During the past four year (2016 to 2020), the Directorate has grown with 7 stations and regular and suppofting staff. Along with the students presence for their research, this Directorate has reached the stage of single largest Directorate of this University. With devoted staff and their dedicated works, the Directorate has charted plans to accomplish in the coming days.
In addition to the existing stations, it has been proposed to establish separate units for shrimp farming, fish farming, seaweed farming, innovative aquaculture Centres, live-food production and larval feed production Centres and native species breeding and protection of biodiversity in the State. The facilities existing and to be created are focused towards the students' research and learning.