Central Institute of Fisheries Technology

The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) set up in 1957 is the only national center in the country where research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. The institute started functioning at Cochin in 1957. Research centers function at Veraval (Gujarat), Visakhapatnam (AP), Mumbai (Maharashtra)...

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Conducted four International training programmes under TCS Colombo Plan sponsored by ITEC, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India, in which 11 participants from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Indonesia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bhutan were trained. Fourteen national training programmesorganisedfor 108 participants, and participated in 14 exhibitions..

 

Ammonia oxidising bacteria isolated from aquatic samples were identified as Psuedomonasaeruginosa and Aeromonas spp.

 

Multiplex PCR P method was standardized for the pathotyping of E.coli isolates viz., Entero toxigenic (ETEC), Entero pathogenic (EPEC), Shiga toxin producing (STEC), Entero aggregative ( EAgEC) and Entero invasive E.coli (EIEC) in seafood.

 

Triplex PCR was developed for the identification of coagulase positive methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureusfrom seafood with MecA, fem A and Staph genus specific primers.

 

B vitamins encapsulated with chitosan derivatives showed good cardio protection in albino rats. Swimming exercise in rats confirmed its efficacy to be used as an energy giving nutraceutical.

 

Developed pangasius fish sausage fortified with dietary fibre from red, brown and green seaweeds. Fish sausages with 1% level of dietary fibre were found to be acceptable even at the end of 63 days of chilled storage at 2ºC.Methodology for supercritical fluid extraction of healthcare important phenolics and sulphated polysaccharides from sea weed was perfected using RSM model. Optimized the dietary fibre extraction process from three seaweeds namely G. edulis (red seaweed), S.wightii (brown sea

 

A fish protein soup powder enriched with calcium and iron was prepared at pilot scale targeting malnourished adolescent girls in North Eastern region. With a sample size of 55 girls the haemoglobin level increased from 9 to 14 in one month

 

Recovery of protein from shrimp head waste was optimized by response surface methodology. The maximum yield was 16.7% on dry basis obtained at 9.43 pH, 1:3 alkali/shrimp head waste ratio and extraction time 79.13 minute.

 

Ready to eat thermally processed jackfruit seed and dry prawn curry was standardised in polypropylene containers. The total process time in 320 ml container was 44 minutes to reach F0 value of 8. The product is commercially sterile and bio-chemically safe up to 8 months storage

 

Optimized process parameters viz: NaoH, MCA and Methanol for two type of chitin (73 and 90 DA) for the production of water soluble chitosan using RSM.

 

For preparing chitin and chitosan with reduced amount of NaOH, a modified process method was developed to remove protein from the shell used. The analysis of results has revealed that the usage of NaOHwas reduced to 33% compared to the normal procedure. And thus, the quality of chitin and chitosan has been improved.

 

Experimental operations were carried out using the squillabycatch reduction devices (BRDs). L50 values for these grids with 22, 25 and 30 mm openings were worked out for Parapenaeopsisstylifera and Metapenaeusmonocerosby in-situ experiments.

 

Multifunctional nano metal oxide mixtures, comprising of iron oxide, titanium oxide and cerium oxide provided as coating over boat building steel BIS 2062, showed improved electrochemical properties and surface morphology.

 

A new portable household electrical fish dryer of 10 kg capacity was designed and fabricated with a provision for solar power. Initial testing has been completed and the dryer can be used for household or micro-scale fish drying with low capital investment.

 

To address the problem of sodium benzoate adulteration in fresh fish, specific and sensitive standard operating procedure was developed for quantification of sodium benzoate in fresh fish by shing spiked samples of cultured chanoschanos and Quantification was performed using matrix-matched calibration and solvent calibration. Recovery studies has shown that samples with 10 times dilution gave a better recovery of 90%.

 

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Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) - the only technology Institute in India which caters to the broad spectrum of fisheries from harvest to post-harvest operations has been in the service of the nation since 1957 under the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

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