ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology received Appreciation Certificate for uploading all its Publications of the last 6 years (2013-14 to 2019-2020) in the KRISHI portal of ICAR. The certificate was received by Dr. Saly N Thomas, Principal Scientist and Nodal Officer, KRISHI, CIFTfrom Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, DG, ICAR & Secretary, DARE on 10th December 2019 during the 4th National workshop on ICAR Research Data Repository for Knowledge Management at New Delhi.
he ICAR- Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi has won the Kerala State Renewable Energy (Akshaya Oorja) Award and commendation certificate in appreciation of the achievements towards research and innovation initiatives on renewable energy resources. The Award was distributed by Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Hon’ble Chief Minister, Govt. of Kerala in presence of Shri. Kadakampally Surendran, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Cooperation and Devswam at a function organised by the Agency for Non-Conventional Energy and Rural Technology (ANERT) at Thiruvananthapuram on 11 November 2019. Dr. Ravishankar C.N, Director, ICAR- CIFT has received the Award from the Chief Minister along with Dr. Manoj P. Samuel, Principal Scientist & Head, Engineering Division, ICAR-CIFT Kochi.
Dr. Ravishankar C.N., Director, ICAR-CIFT receiving the award from Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India
The Central Institute of Fisheries Technology under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Govt. of India), has been crowned the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institution Award for the year 2018, for its commendable scientific contributions to the fisheries sector. The institute is being honoured with this coveted award for the third time, previously during 2000 and 2006, for its excellent track record in R&D endeavours and extensions activities.
The award instituted by ICAR, is given based on several aspects such as the organizational profile of the institute, scientific/technological/socio-economic potential and overall impact of the research outputs and activities. The award was presented to Dr.Ravishankar C.N., Director, ICAR-CIFT on 16th July 2019, during the 91st ICAR Foundation Day Celebrations at New Delhi by Shri. Narendra Singh Tomar, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Govt. of India in presence Union Ministers of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Shri. Parshottam Rupala and Shri. Kailash Choudhary, and Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary Dare and Director General, ICAR.
Founded in 1957, ICAR - CIFT has proven its excellence in the development of fishing and fish processing technologies. The Institute is the only national centre in the country where research in all disciplines relating to fishing and fish processing is undertaken. During the last 62 years, ICAR-CIFT has been actively involved in innovative research activities, trainings, partnerships and entrepreneurship promotion in the fields of fish harvesting, processing, packaging, product development, quality assurance, fishery by-products, energy conservation technologies, waste management and biotechnological applications.
The Institute received NABL Accreditation (ISO 17025) in 2005, and ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2013. ICAR-CIFT has been recognized as a National Referral Laboratory as well as National Reference Laboratory by FSSAI under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. The significant achievements of the Institute have contributed to the overall development of the fisheries industry in India, including marine, inland capture and seafood processing sectors. ICAR-CIFT has played a pivotal role in the technological development and modernization of both harvest and post-harvest sectors in fisheries from its nascent stage, by actively engaging in need-based technology development as well as transfer. The Institute has always been responsive to the dynamic changes that takes place in the fisheries sector and has endeavoured to reframe the strategies and fine-tune the research framework in order to address the emerging challenges.
The ICAR-CIFT office complex located at Willingdon Island, Kochi, commands a prestigious position by virtue of size and location. Strategically situated at the fishery’s industrial hub of Cochin, ICAR-CIFT is easily accessible for all its stakeholders. The Institute has three research centres at Navi Mumbai (Maharashtra), Veraval (Gujarat) and Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh).
Last year, ICAR-CIFT has received nation-wide attention, in the wake of large-scale seizure of adulterated fish from the state borders. The ‘CIFTest’– the rapid detection kit for Ammonia and Formaldehyde, developed by ICAR-CIFT, Cochin hogged the limelight as the food safety officers in Kerala seized more than 28,000 kg of chemical-contaminated fish coming into the state using it. The technology became the most disruptive technology in 2018 and played significant role in Operation Sagar Rani, initiated by Kerala State Health and Safety Department and other similar operations carried out by Governments of Goa, Karnataka and North-Eastern states. The institute has been in news for technologies using renewable resources like solar powered boat and energy efficient solar dryers. In association with the central sector schemes on Blue Revolution and Make in India, ICAR-CIFT, Cochin has initiated the design and construction of commercial fishing vessels adhering to international standards. Under the programme, ICAR-CIFT has designed fishing crafts for the governments of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Andaman & Nicobar Administration. ICAR-CIFT has developed different craft, gear and fishing methods for the marine and inland sectors, with emphasis on resource conservation and sustainability besides energy conservation and thereby increasing the productivity and thus playing a major role in the modernization of the sector. The institute was instrumental in bringing out BIS standards for fish netting yarns and various fishing gears.
ICAR-CIFT has played a significant role in establishing the seafood processing sector in Kerala by hand-holding it during its initial stages of establishment by providing assistance in processing technologies like freezing and addressing its quality issues. The Institute is also engaged in developing value added products (including ready-to-cook and eat products), byproducts (including high-value ones) from fish and shellfish and developing appropriate packaging for the same. The Institute has also given technical help in establishing and modernizing domestic fish markets including fish waste management which has been taken up by various State agencies through National Fisheries Development Board funding. The institute also carries out research in the fields of anti-microbial resistance, bio-molecules, engineering equipments, energy and water optimization, sensors, nano technology and innovative bio-chemical compounds.
Since its inception, ICAR-CIFT is striving hard to develop appropriate and cost-effective technologies for different segments of the society including the public, fishers, departmental officials and entrepreneurs. The technology transfer programmes of ICAR-CIFT in the fisheries sector have greatly contributed to the development of infrastructure and human resources as well as improvement in quality of products and have helped the country to achieve a covetable position in the global fisheries scenario. The institute has worked for both the high technology needs of the industry and the needs of the traditional fishing sector to improve the socio-economic upliftment of the weaker sections. An Agri Business Incubation (ABI) Centre is also functional at the Institute to ensure commercialization of technologies on a public-private partnership mode. Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies have come up with success business ventures by adopting our technologies on commercial scale. Hundreds of micro, small and medium entrepreneurs have registered as incubatees of the centre and involved in developing innovative product brands and establishing new business ventures.
भाकृअनुप-केन्द्रीय मात्स्यिकी प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, कोच्चि को 2017-18 के लिए भारत सरकार की राजभाषा नीति के सर्वोत्तम कार्यान्वयन के लिए कोच्चि नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति द्वारा राजभाषा रोलिंग ट्रॉफी से सम्मानित किया गया। डॉ.जे.रेणुका, उप निदेशक (राजभाषा), डॉ.संतोष अलेक्स, सहायक मुख्य तकनीकी अधिकारी और डॉ. पी.शंकर, वरिष्ठ तकनीकी अधिकारी ने दिनांक 15.03.2019 को आयोजित कोच्चि नराकास के ‘पुरस्कार वितरण समारोह’ के दौरान प्रो (डॉ). के.अजिता, विभागाध्यक्षा, हिन्दी विभाग, कोचिन विज्ञान एवं प्रौद्योगिकी विश्वविद्यालय, कोचिन द्वारा आयकर विभाग, कोच्चि के तनिमा हॉल में यह ट्रॉफी प्राप्त की।
ICAR-Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, Kochi was honoured with the Official Language Rolling Trophy for the best implementation of the Official Language Policy of the Government of India for 2017-18 by the Kochi Town Official Language Implementation Committee. Dr. J. Renuka, Deputy Director (Official Language), Dr. Santosh Alex, Assistant Chief Technical Officer and Dr. P. Shankar, Senior Technical Officer received the Official Language Trophy during the award distribution ceremony of Kochi TOLIC from Prof. (Dr.) K. Ajitha, Head, Department of Hindi, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin held on 15.03.2019 in the Thanima Hall of the Income Tax Department, Kochi.
भाकृअनुप-केन्द्रीय मात्स्यिकी प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान, कोच्चि को वर्ष 2017-18 के दौरान प्रकाशित 'जलधि 2017' केन्द्रीय मात्स्यिकी प्रौद्योगिकी संस्थान की विज्ञान पत्रिका को कोच्चि नगर राजभाषा कार्यान्वयन समिति की उत्तम पत्रिका की रोलिंग ट्रॉफी से सम्मानित किया गया। डॉ.जे.रेणुका, उप निदेशक (राजभाषा), डॉ.संतोष अलेक्स, सहायक मुख्य तकनीकी अधिकारी, और डॉ. पी.शंकर, वरिष्ठ तकनीकी अधिकारी ने दिनांक 15.03.2019 को आयोजित कोच्चि नराकास के ‘पुरस्कार वितरण समारोह’ के दौरान श्री एन.जयशंकर, आई आर एस, आयकर आयुक्त, आयकर विभाग, कोच्चि द्वारा आयकर विभाग, कोच्चि के तनिमा हॉल में यह ट्रॉफी प्राप्त की
'Jaladhi 2017', the science journal of the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology, published during the year 2017-18, has been awarded the Rolling Trophy of Best Journal of Kochi Town Official Language Implementation Committee. Dr. J.Renuka, Deputy Director (Official Language), Dr. Santosh Alex, Assistant Chief Technical Officer, and Dr. P. Shankar, Senior Technical Officer received the Rolling Trophy of Best Journal during the award distribution ceremony of Kochi TOLIC from Sri N.Jaishankar, IRS, Income Tax Commissioner, Income Tax Department, Kochi held on 15.03.2019 in the Thanima Hall of the Income Tax Department, Kochi.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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. 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.
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. 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:
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.