The ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been awarded Energy Conservation Commendation Certificate – 2018 in appreciation of institute’s achievements in the field of Energy Conservation and Management in the state of Kerala under the category of institutions/organizations. The award was received by Dr. Suseela Mathew, Principal Scientist & Head, Biochemistry & Nutrition Division, and Dr. S. Murali, Scientist, Smt. P.K. Shyma, Asst. Chief Technical Officer, Shri. G. Gopakumar, Technical Officer, Shri. K.S. Babu, Technical Officer, Engineering Division, ICAR-CIFT, Cochin, in a function held at the Energy Management Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala on 27 December, 2018.
The ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been awarded the SKOCH Evergreen Platinum Award and Order-of-Merit for its initiatives on “Green, Clean and Affordable Energy: Multi-purpose Solar Conversion System”. The award was received by Dr. Manoj P. Samuel, Head, Engineering Division of ICAR-CIFT in a function held at the Constitution Club of Indian, New Delhi on 10 March, 2018.
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been awarded the ‘Best Annual Report Award 2016-17 for Large Institute Category’ of all the ICAR Institutes in the country. The award was received by Dr. Ravishankar C.N., Director from Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare during the ICAR Directors and Vice Chancellors Meet held at New Delhi on 8th March, 2018.
Dr. Manoj P Samuel has been awarded Krishi Vigyan Award 2017 constituted by the Govt. of Kerala for the best Agricultural Scientist in the state. The award includes cash and certificate.
ICAR – Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin is designated as a content partner of National Digital Library of India for its generous contribution of contents . The Certificate of Content Contribution to integrate the Institute contents with National Digital Library of India was received by Smt. T. Silaja, Assistant Chief Technical Officer and the Nodal Person of ICAR-CIFT during National Digital Library Partners Meet held at IIT, Kharagpur on 8 February, 2018. National Digital Library of India is a Digital Repository hosted by IIT, Kharagpur under the MHRD project which integrates content from different Indian institutional repositories.
The Agri Business Incubation Centre of ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has won the SKOCH Order of Merit Award - 2017 for qualifying amongst the top 30 Transformational Innovation Projects in India. On selecting, the Award Committee in its recommendations has highlighted the role of Agri Business Centre (ABI) of ICAR-CIFT in translating the research results arising from the field of fisheries and other agricultural sectors.With the aim of transforming the incubator into a symbol of entrepreneurship and innovation, the ABI has successfully created an environment for providing timely scientific and technical assistance and support required for establishment of technology based business ventures.
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin received the Wiley Library Award for Highest Usage of Wiley Journals in 2017 within CeRA Consortium (Fisheries & Aquaculture Institutes). The award was received by Dr. Suseela Mathew, Scientist-in-Charge (Library) and Smt. T. Silaja, Assistant Chief Technical Officer (Library) at Wiley Library Award function held at New Delhi on 20 December, 2017. ICAR-CIFT library has been digitally transformed through Consortium of e-Resources on Agriculture (CeRA) and by the implementation of eGranth NAIP project. Remote access to e-Resources has been provided through EZproxy so that researchers working at Centres also could avail the services of the main library. At present ICAR-CIFT Library has access to 2500+ e-journals and 1174 e-books, India Agristat and ISO Standards on Food and Technology under CeRA. ICAR-CIFT library portal provides links to e- resources including open access resources and e-repository developed at the institute. Digitised ICAR-CIFT publications are also available through National Digital Library of India (NDL). Regular workshops, awareness programmes and e-mail alerts are provided especially among young researchers enhancing the usage of e-Resources.
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin received a cash award of Rs. 5 Lakhs instituted by Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India for “Pushing Cashless Economy Goals” among the ICAR Institutes. The award was received by Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, Cochin from Shri Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India during the Annual Conference of Vice Chancellors of Agricultural Universities and Directors of ICAR Institutes held at New Delhi on 14 February, 2017. ICAR-CIFT achieved the goal within the stipulated period of one week.
Shri K.V. Vishnu, Senior Research Fellow, Biochemistry & Nutrition Division, ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been awarded ‘Best Poster Award’ for the poster entitled “Effect of sardine oil loaded microparticle on metabolic and immune responses and attenuation of doxorubicin induced cardiotoxicity in cardiomyoblast cell lines” authored by K.V. Vishnu, K.K. Ajeeshkumar, N.S. Chatterjee, R.G.K. Lekshmi, B. Ganesan, C.S. Tejpal, K. Shyni and Suseela Mathew in the 8th International Conference on Clinical Nutrition held during 8-10 December, 2016 at Dubai.
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology Received ‘Rajbhasha Puraskar’
भा कृ अनु प-केन्द्रीय मात्स्यिकी प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, कोचिन को ‘राजर्षि टंडन राजभाषा पुरस्कार’
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin received the ‘Rajarshi Tandon Rajbhasha Puraskar’ for the year 2014-15. ICAR-CIFT bagged this award for best Official Language Implementation among the ICAR Institutions in the Region ‘C’. The award was received by Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, Dr. Santhosh Alex and Dr. P. Shankar, Senior Technical Officers, ICAR-CIFT from Shri Purushottam Rupala, Union Minister of State for Agriculture, Farmers Welfare and Panchayati Raj and Shri Sudarshan Bhagat, Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare during the ICAR Foundation Day Celebrations held at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi on 16th July, 2016. Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary, DARE & Director General, Indian Council of Agricultural Research was also present on the occasion. This is the 7th time ICAR-CIFT is receiving the Rajarshi Tandon Award.
नई दिल्ली स्थित विज्ञान भवन के प्लेनरी हॉल में दिनांक 16 जुलाई 2016 को भारतीय कृषि अनुसंधान परिषद, नई दिल्ली द्वारा आयोजित अपने 88वां स्थापना दिवस, कृषक गोष्ठी एवं भा कृ अनु प के पुरस्कार समारोह में भा कृ अनु प-केन्द्रीय मात्स्यिकी प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, कोचिन को ‘ग’ क्षेत्र के अंतर्गत वर्ष 2014-15 के दौरान सरकारी कामकाज में हिन्दी के प्रयोग मे उल्लेखनीय योगदान देने हेतु समारोह के विशिष्ट अतिथियों श्री परशोत्तम रूपाला, केन्द्रीय कृषि व किसान कल्याण तथा पंचायती राज राज्य मंत्री एवं श्री सुदर्शन भगत, केन्द्रीय कृषि व किसान कल्याण राज्य मंत्री के करकमालों द्वारा ‘राजर्षि टंडन राजभाषा पुरस्कार’ (प्रथम पुरस्कार) से सम्मानित किया गया। संस्थान की ओर से यह पुरस्कार डॉ.सी.एन.रविशंकर,निदेशक, डॉ.संतोष अलेक्स और डॉ.पी.शंकर, वरिष्ठ तकनीकी अधिकारियों ने ग्रहण किया। संस्थान को यह पुरस्कार डॉ.त्रिलोचन महापात्र, सचिव, कृषि अनुसंधान एवं शिक्षा विभाग एवं महानिदेशक, भा कृ अनु प और श्री छबिलेन्द्र राउल, अपर सचिव, कृषि अनुसंधान एवं शिक्षा विभाग एवं सचिव, भा कृ अनु प और अन्य की गणमान्य उपस्थिति में प्रदान किया गया।
Smt. P. Jeyanthi, Scientist, ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been awarded ‘Best Poster Award’ for the best poster presentation in the 5th International Symposium on Cage Aquaculture in Asia (CAA5) held during 25-28 November, 2015 at Kochi, Kerala. The paper was on ‘Comparative assessment of conventional and cage culture fish farming in Ernakulam district, Kerala, India’ authored by P. Jeyanthi, V. Chandrasekar and Nikita Gopal.
Smt. Jeyanthi receiving the award from Dr. J.K. jena, Chairman,
Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch and Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, Cochin
Dr. Pajith K.K, Scientist (Fishing Technology) Veraval RC, bagged Young marine Biologist Award for his paper entitled “ Square Mesh Window Bycatch Reduction Devise (SMW-BRD) for stationary bagnets of Hooghly riverine System” during MECOS-2 The International Conference. Held at Kochi 2-5th December 2014. The paper was co-authored by Dr.V.RMadhu, Dr.M.P Remesan and Dr. P.Pravin.
Smt. S. Remya, Scientist, Veraval Research Centre of ICAR-CIFT has bagged AFSIB Young Scientist Award instituted by the Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch (AFSIB) for scientists below the age of 35, working in the field of fisheries, aquaculture and related disciplines. The award was presented during the valedictory function of 10th Indian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum held at NBFGR, Lucknow during 12-15 November, 2014.
Smt. Remya also bagged Dr. K. Ravindran Endowment Award for the best paper presentation in the National seminar, ‘24thSwadeshi Science Congress’, organized by Swadeshi Science Movement – Kerala & Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University, during 6-8 November, 2014, at Tirur, Kerala.
Smt. Remya receiving the award from
Dr. B. Meenakumari, DDG (Fy.), ICAR, New Delhi
Smt. Remya receiving the award from
Dr. K. Muralidharan, President, SSM
Dr. Nikita Gopal, Senior Scientist, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin received the Asian Fisheries Society Merit Award for her work in Gender in Fisheries. The Award was presented on 30thApril, 2013 during the inaugural function of the 10th Asian Fisheries and Aquaculture Forum held at Yeosu in South Korea. The Forum was held from April 30 to May 4, 2013. Dr. Nikita has also participated in the 4th Global Symposium on Gender in Aquaculture and Fisheries (GAF4) which was held as part of the Forum and was the Chair of the Programme Committee of the GAF4 in which 25 papers were presented and delegates from 16 countries participated. As part of GAF4, four special International Workshops were also held.
Dr. Nikita Gopal receiving the awardfrom Dr. Meryl Williams, Former Director General, World Fish Centre
The Zonal Technology Management – Business Planning and Development (ZTM-BPD) Unit at CIFT, Cochin has won the National Award for BEST AGRI-BUSINESS INCUBATOR for the year 2013.
The Award was instituted by Network of Indian Agri-Business Incubators (NIABI), to recognize the achievements of the Business Planning and Development Units for their performance excellence and the Incubatees for their dedication in setting up successful agribusiness ventures. NIABI is an initiative of Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP).
The Award was presented by ShriKannaLakshminarayana, Minister for Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh to Dr. T.K. SrinivasaGopal, Director, CIFT and Dr.C.N.Ravishankar, Principal Investigator, ZTM-BPD Unit during AgriTex 2013 held at Hyderabad on 25th April, 2013. Last year ZTM-BPD Unit, CIFT was presented with the BEST INCUBATEE AWARD for Shri Sultan Singh, Karnal, Haryana during NIABI 2012 held at New Delhi.
Dr. C.N. Ravishankar and Dr. T.K. Srinivasa Gopal receiving the award
Dr. A. Jeyakumari, Scientist, Fish Processing, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin was deputed to Thailand to undergo a training programme on “Encapsulation of fish oil” at Kasetsart University, Thailand during 17-21December, 2012. Dr. Jeyakumari was selected for the ‘Peter Howgate Award for Young Fish Technologists-2012’, based on merit and her Ph.D. programme. The aim of the award was to support students, technologists and young scientists, to advance their international experience, with a view to developing their career, skills and knowledge in the field of fish technology. The training programme was carried out under the guidance of Dr. UtaiKlinkesorn, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agro-Industry, Kasetsart University, Chatuchak, Bangkok, Thailand.
Dr. Jeyakumari at Kasetsart University
Dr Rakesh Kumar, Scientist, MFB Division of Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin, bagged the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for P.G. Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Research in Agricultural and Allied Sciences 2011.
DR RAKESH KUMAR studied the biochemical and molecular characterization of Salmonella serovars in seafood. He has isolated 268 Salmonella strains consisting of 32 different serotypes in seafood and six serotypes were identified which were not reported previously in seafood in India. Different molecular fingerprinting methods viz., plasmid profiling, characterization of virulence genes, pulsed field gel electrophoresis (PFGE), PCR- ribotyping, and enterobacterial repetitive intergenic consensus sequences (ERIC)–PCR have been used to determine the genetic variations in Salmonella serovars. He has developed the fingerprinting methods for Salmonella Weltevreden, Salmonella Rissen, Salmonella Typhimurium and Salmonella Derby in seafood. An eight hour PCR method was developed for rapid detection of Salmonella in seafood and PCR assay was found to be far superior as compared to ELISA and culture methods. Novel PFGE technique for Salmonella fingerprinting and a rapid, quantitative real-time PCR assay detection was developed for enumeration of Salmonella in seafood. This method could quantify the level of Salmonella load in the naturally contaminated seafood samples within 3 hours. Dr Rakesh Kumar obtained his PhD from Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin.
The Effluent Treatment Plant (ETP) installed in the plant of M/s Bhatsons Aquatic Products, Cochin has been awarded SECOND POSITION by Kerala State Pollution Control Board for the year 2011. The award was conferred to the firm after a detailed visit by a panel of experts appointed by KSPCB. The award was presented to the firm by Chief Minister of Kerala, Shri Oommen Chandy, at a function held at Thiruvananthapuram on 5th June, 2012 in connection with World Environment Day celebrations.
The ETP was designed and developed by Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin.This plant functions as common ETP for three export oriented units, viz., M/s Mangala Sea Products, M/s Bhatsons Aquatic Products and M/s Roshan Foods located at the Industrial Development Area, Aroor, and has a capacity to treat 3 lakh litres of effluent per day. The treated effluent conform to the norms prescribed by Central Pollution Control Board and State Pollution Control Board.
The process advantages of the Energy Efficient Treatment Plant are: (i) the effluent discharged from the treatment process conform to the norms of CPCB/state PCB’s, (ii) the water will be suitable for reuse in the plant, (iii) the land requirement for the treatment plant is very small, (iv) zero atmospheric pollution and eco-friendly, (v) less power consumption, and (vi) ease of operation
The main advantage of the unit is that, it is highly energy efficient. It needs only two numbers of 1 Hp motors for its operation. CIFT, Cochin gives the technology on consultation basis.
Dr. GerogeNinan, Senior Scientist, Fish Processing, CIFT, Cochin received the ‘Jawaharlal Nehru Award’ for outstanding Post Graduate Agricultural Research-2010 of ICAR, New Delhi for his Ph. D. thesis entitled, “Optimization of process parameters for the extraction of gelatin from skin of freshwater fish and evaluation of physical and chemical properties” under the guidance of Dr. Jose Joseph, Principal Scientist (Retd.), Fish Processing, CIFT, Cochin. The award was received from ShriSharadPawar, Honourable Union Minister for Agriculture, Food and Public Distribution on 16th July, 2011.
Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has bagged the ‘RajarshiTandon Award- 2010’ for the best Official language Implementation among the ICAR Institutes in the ‘C’ Region. CIFT got this award for the seventh time. The award was received by Dr. T.K. SrinivasaGopal, Director and Dr. C. Jessy Joseph, DD (OL) jointly during the ICAR Foundation Day celebrations held on 16th July, 2011 from ShriSharadPawar, Honourable Union Minister for Agriculture, Food and Public Distribution
Dr. Femeena Hassan, Senior Scientist, Quality Assurance and Management, CIFT, Cochin received the ‘RashtriyaGaurav Award’ for meritorious services, outstanding performance and remarkable role in fisheries instituted by India International Friendship Society, New Delhi. The award was received from Dr. BhismaNarain Singh, Former Governor of Assam & Tamil Nadu at a Seminar on Economic growth and national integration held at New Delhi on 16th July, 2011.
Dr. T.K. Srinivasa Gopal, Principal Scientist and Head, Fish Processing Division, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin has been conferred with Fellow of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences in the field of Agricultural Engineering and Technology with specialization in Food Technology with effect from 1st January, 2010.
Dr. Srinivasa Gopal is specialized in Retort pouch technology, Modified atmosphere packaging and extruded products. He developed various retort pouch food products based on vegetables, dairy, coconut, meat and fish products. Earlier he has bagged ICAR team award for retort pouch technology and Chidambaram Award for developing value added fish products. He was the Project leader in the ICAR adhoc project on Development of extruded fish products using low value fishes and at present he is the Consortium Principal Investigator in the World Bank project on Oceanic tuna in Lakshadweep seas – A value chain approach. He is a Life Fellow Member of Society of Fisheries Technologists (India), Cochin, Member of Association of Food Scientists and Technologists, Expert committee member for assessment of CFTRI, Mysore scientists and Member in the Technical Committee, Food Safety Standards, Govt. of India.
The Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum (PGFG), Mumbai has awarded Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Senior Scientist, Fish Processing Division, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin with “Certificate of Appreciation” for the ‘Best Indian Fisheries Scientist Award for the year 2009. This has been awarded for securing the ‘Second maximum cumulative impact factor for the research papers published during the year 2008’.The award was presented on 22nd December, 2009 at the College of Fisheries, Mangalore during the annual meet of the Forum.
Dr. B. Meenakumari, Director, CIFT, Cochin received the 6th Dr. R.C. Dalela Oration Award -2009 from Dr. William D. Dar, Director General, International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad at the 29th Annul Session of The Academy of Environmental Biology held at ICRISAT. Dr. Meenakumari also delivered a lecture on the topic, “Remote sensing in fisheries on the occasion.
Dr. P.N. Joshi, Principal Scientist & Head, Division of Engineering, Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Cochin was awarded the Kerala State Energy Conservation Commendation Certificate 2009 in appreciation of the commendable achievements towards energy conservation and management in the category of ‘Research and Innovation’ in the State of Kerala during the year 2008-09. Dr. Joshi was selected for this award for developing a ‘Renewable Energy Solar-Biomass Hybrid Dryer’ for eco-friendly and hygienic preservation of fish and agricultural produce. The award was given by Shri A.K. Balan, Hon’ble Minister for Electricity, Government of Kerala at a function held at Jawahar Auditorium, Kannur, Kerala on 14th December 2009 to mark the National Energy Conservation Day.
Professional Fisheries Graduates Forum (PFGF) has awarded “Dr. I. Karunasagar Award” for the Bet Indian Ph. D. thesis for the year 2009 to Dr. C.O. Mohan, Scientist, Fish Processing Division for his thesis entitled, “Shelf life extension of seer fish (Scomberomorus commerson) steaks using O2 scavenger and CO2 emitters in chilled conditions” under the guidance of Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Senior Scientist, CIFT. The thesis was submitted to Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Mumbai (Deemed University). Dr. Mohan was honoured with a Certificate and medal during the Annual Meeting of the Forum held at College of Fisheries, Mangalore on 22 December, 2009.
The electronic equipments developed in CIFT have wide applications in different mainstream activities of the country including marine sciences, agricultural sciences, water resources and management, energy and environmental sciences etc. CIFT had transferred the knowhow on Environmental Data Acquisition System and a few other instruments during 70’s and 80’s for commercialization through National Research Development Corporation of India. The wide scope, applications and reliability of CIFT instrumentation technology had been demonstrated to scientists and engineers of diverse subjects of agricultural, marine, fisheries and energy and environmental sciences through a dozen National Training Courses supported by ICAR, Department of Electronics and Department of Science and Technology, under the leadership of Dr. T.K. Sivadas, who had served CIFT till 1998, as Principal Scientist. Some of the major aspects of the technology is available in the book on “Sensors and measurement systems for marine, agricultural and environmental sciences” written by Dr. Sivadas and published by CIFT in 2007.
The award for Research and Development instituted by Ministry of MSME (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) for the year 2008 was bagged by Shri T.S. Sreejith , son of Dr. T.K. Sivadas who is now running a firm of Environmental Measurements and Controls at Cochin, based on the efforts taken for research and development during the period 2004 to 2008. The award presented by Minister of MSME Shri Dinsha Patel in Vigyan Bhavan on 28th August, 2009 consisted of a trophy, a cash component of Rs. 20,000/- and a citation.
Dr. B. Meenakumari, Director, CIFT is conferred Fellowship of the Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology (F. ASET) for outstanding contributions to inland and marine fisheries sectors and for undertaking material improvement for fishing gear. The fellowship was conferred to her by Shri. Sharad Pawar, Honourable Minister of Agriculture, Current Affairs, Food and Public Distribution in a function held at Chavan Centre, Mumbai in connection with the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai on 7th February, 2009
Dr. C. Jessy Joseph, Asst. Director (OL) received the Sahitya Akademi Translation Prize 2008 for her work ?Aparichitar? (Malayalam). The award carries a cash prize of Rs.20,000/- an inscribed copper plaque which will be given away to her in August, 2009.
CIFT, Cochin bags the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award 2006 instituted by ICAR, New Delhi. The award is instituted by ICAR to recognize the agricultural research institutions which make outstanding contributions for the growth and development of agricultural sciences and technology and to promote excellence in broad fields of agricultural research, education and training.
CIFT, Cochin is the only Institute in the entire ICAR system comprising of more than 70 Institutes, which was awarded this honour for the second time. Earlier in 2000 the Institute received the Sardar Patel Award and as per rules the same institution can be considered for award only after a gap of five years. Exactly after this period CIFT is getting the award. The award for 2006 carries a Citation and a cash prize of Rs. 5 lakhs. The award was received by Dr. K. Devadasan, Director, CIFT in the function held on 16th July, ie. the Foundation day of ICAR. Shri Sharad Pawar, Honourable Union Minister for Agriculture gave away the award.
During the X Plan period, CIFT executed Institute-based, sponsored and consultancy
projects in harvest, post-harvest and product and process development. Special projects were implemented for the backward regions and weaker sections, especially women. Seven villages were adopted under the village adoption scheme. The Institute conducted two workshops and 14 FLDs, in which 800 participants were benefited. There were three major breakthroughs and eight technologies transferred/commercialized during the period. CIFT generated revenue to the extent of Rs. 457.92 lakh. It undertook 30 consultancy assignments, conducted 408 training programmes for 1,632 beneficiaries, published 174 books/folders, answered 1,715 technical queries, analyzed 10,165 products, conducted 74 exhibitions and participated in 16 media campaigns. The X plan achievements include:
CIFT bags SARDAR PATEL AWARD for the best Institution under ICAR. CIFT is the only Institute which was awarded the prestigious award for the second time. The award carries Rs. 5 lakhs and a citation. The award will be presented to the Director, CIFT by the Honorable Union Minister for Agriculture in the ICAR Director’s Conference at New Delhi on 16th July 2007.
Dr. Saly N. Thomas, Sr. Scientist has been selected for Jawaharlal Nehru Award for P.G. Agricultural Research 2004. This award is given for the best Ph. D. Thesis in Fisheries . She did her Ph. D. under the guidance of Prof. Dr. C. Hridayanathan who was the Director of the School of Industrial Fisheries, Cochin University of Science and Technology.
Her thesis entitled `Gill Nets of Kerala: A Study on Technological and Operational Aspects examines gill nets as a low energy fishing technique, with focus on its technological and operational importance in the marine fishing sector of Kerala. While around 46% of the active marine fishermen in Kerala practice gill netting, which is a highly selective and energy efficient fishing method, the associated social status for this technology is relatively low. This research addresses three key issues of fishery management: (i) resource conservation through reduction of juvenile catch rates; (ii) reduction of capital cost; and (iii) contribution to energy efficiency. The selectivity estimates helped in arriving at the minimum mesh size to be used for resource conservation. An effort has been made in this study for the first time in Kerala, towards reduction of investment cost of the gear by substitution of costly polyamide (PA) by polyethylene (PE). A saving of 52% is found possible in the cost of gear alone. The study once again confirmed gill net as a fuel efficient gear. The innovativeness of this work lies in its interdisciplinary approach to analysis of some vital issues affecting the marine fisheries sector of Kerala. Besides, such a methodological approach has great significance in multi-species fishery elsewhere.