Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, when came into being in 2012, conducted series of Stakeholders’ Meetings and Expert 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 quarters 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:
This Directorate has 7 (Seven) Stations under its fold with mandates specific to the Centres.
To focus on Inland Aquaculture and Innovative Aquaculture Practices. Demonstration and transfer of technology along with services to the farming community.View More
To focus on Marine Fin Fish Culture and BreedingView More
To focus on Marine Crustacean Seed Production, Research and Development of Indigenous Shrimps for Future Shrimp farming and SPF broodstock development.View More
To focus on Tilapia Farming and Propagation of Pure Line Seeds.View More
To focus on Commercially Important Freshwater Fishes and their Farm Production in addition to Seed Production of Endemic Fishes. Research on the Native Species for their Seedproduction, Population Enhancement and Adoption of Technology.View More
To focus on the High Value Inland Fishes such as Loaches and Production of Endemic Ornamental Fish Varieties.View More
To Work on the Development of Technologies to Enhance Farm Pond Aquaculture Production and Operating the Brood bank for Freshwater Ornamental Fishes (NABARD Funded Scheme).View More
The above Stations have been provided with technical manpower at the level of Associate Professor and Assistant Professor. Through different Schemes, these Centres have been strengthened with production and research facilities along with students; learning faculties. Presently trainings and awareness programmes have been conducted in the Centres in addition to the students’ experiential learning and research. This Directorate is the Nodal Agency for the TN Irrigated Agriculture Modernization Programme and participating in the programme with specific projects from 2017 to 2023.
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. The production facilities are open for the entrepreneurs and progressive farmers to have a tie up with the Directorate under Private - Public Partnership mode for mutual development.
Prof. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar, MFSc., PhD.,
Directorate of Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Pattukottai Road,
Soorakkottai, Thanjavur – 614 904.
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