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



This facility was established in the Fishing Harbour, Thoothukudi It was initially established under Dept. of Ocean Development, New Delhi research project entitled, “Mariculture of Spiny Lobster” during 1991 – 1994 with a plinth area of about 2,500 sq. ft. Subsequently the facility was strengthened under two projects funded by ICAR, New Delhi and Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi during 1996-99 and 2005 -08 respectively. Currently eight cement cistern and 10 FRP tanks with sufficient infrastructure are available for research.This facility was used for rearing lobster, crab and other endangered marine fish species towards production of larvae for sea ranching. Later the facility was used for demonstration of lobster and crab fattening under NADP Scheme during 2011-12.

Currently this research facility is being used for post-graduate student’s research purpose along with spiny lobster stock enhancement through sea ranching. This research facility is also involved in extension activities related to lobster conservation. Being in the middle of the Marine Bio-sphere Hot Spot this facility ample scope to take up research on breeding biology of marine food fishes by the Fisheries Resource Management students and staff.


  • To facilitate P.G. students in their research work on growth and reproductive biology of marine species.
  • To study the breeding biology of native marine organisms
  • To popularize culture and conservation of marine organisms.

Research Projects:

S. No

Title of the project

Funding agency




Establishment of marine finfish hatchery system at Mandapam
PI: Dr. P. Jawahar

NADP Scheme


09 December 2014 to 31 March 2017


Impact of large scale cultivation of seaweeds on coastal environment of India
Co- PI : Dr. P. Jawahar
Dr. N. Jayakumar

NCSCM, Chennai


14.11.2013 to 31.03.2016


Generating alternative livelihood options for the coastal community towards biodiversity conservation in Tamilnadu
PI: Dr. N. Jayakumar

NADP Scheme


2011 - 2012


Development of Technologies for Hatchery Production of Marine Gastropods and Ornamental Fishes at Lakshadweep and Gulf of Mannar Islands - sea ranching and technology transfer to coastal and island communities Co-PI:
Dr. P. Jawahar

Centre for Marine Living Resources and Ecology (CMLRE), Cochin [Ministry of Earth Sciences, New Delhi]


2009 - 2012


Conservation of lobsters in Gulf of Mannar, PI :
Dr. B. Srikrishnadhas Co- PI: Mr. P. Jawahar

Ministry of Environment and Forests, New Delhi




  • SRFF facility with seawater supply and aeration arrangement.
  • Live feed multiplication unit
  • Nine cement tanks of 3-ton capacity
  • FRP tanks – 1 ton – 10 nos Half ton – 5 numbers


  • Technology has been developed for indoor rearing for spiny lobsters.
  • Over 5 million seed of lobster were sea ranched to enhance natural lobster production.

Current Focus:

  • To utilise the facilities available at SRFF for PG students research
  • To standardise culture of Siganus species for mariculture.

Faculty / Scientists:

Sl. No.




Telephone / Mobile


P. Jawahar

Professor and SRFF i/C


0461 - 2340554

Contact Us

Shorelab Field Research Facility
Fisheries College and Research Institute,
Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalithaa Fisheries University,
Fishing Harbour, Thoothukudi- 628 001.

0461 - 2340554

TNJFU ranks 36th in India’s most admired Science/ Technology Universities, 54th in India’s best Public Universities and 68th in India’s Top 200 Universities.

Shore Lab Field Research Facility Thoothukudi © 2019 | All Rights Reserved

Powered by ITAcumens