Dr. M.G.R. Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri

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Aquatic Environment Management

Introduction

Department of Aquatic Environment Management is one of the integral academic and research units of the Fisheries College and Research Institute, Ponneri, functioning since its inception on 20.02.2013 and currently has one Professor, two Assistant Professors, one lab assistant and one Attendant.

The following courses are offered in the department

UG Course

  • Meteorology, Climatology and Disaster Management
  • Soil and Water Chemistry
  • Fishery Oceanography
  • Aquatic Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Aquatic Pollution and Coastal Zone Management
  • Limnology
  • Marine Biology

PG courses

  • Aquatic Environment And Biodiversity
  • Chemical Interactions In The Aquatic Environment
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management
  • Aquatic Pollution And Wastewater Management
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Analytical Techniques In Environmental Sciences
  • Planktonology
  • Fisheries Oceanography
  • Aquatic Microbiol Ecology

Ph.D COURSES

  • Advances In Aquatic Environmental Studies
  • Biotechnology For Cleaner Environment
  • Benthic Ecology
  • Estuarine And Coastal Oceanography
  • Organic Production And Plant Pigments
  • Environment Impact Assessment
  • Management And Utilization Of Wastewater
  • Application Of Remote Sensing And Gis In Fisheries
  • Dispersal And Fate Of Pollutants In The Ocean
  • Restoration Ecology

Aside academic programs, the department also undertakes research projects on aquatic environment aspects and related extension activities

Objectives of the Dept

  • To offer Fisheries environment courses for U.G programmes
  • To impart the skills for the students on better water quality management
  • To carry out studies related to ecosystem and biodiversity conservation
  • To evaluate the ecological status of various aquatic ecosystems including Ennore and Pulicat lake.

Thrust area for Research

  • Climate change studies on mitigation and adaptation strategies, in consonance with ecological prescriptions.
  • Studies on the anthropogenic impact on the fauna and flora in Pulicat lake ecosystem.
  • Environmental toxicology studies.
  • Aquatic production enhancement through ecosystem management.
  • Conservation of fisheries resources.

Thrust areas for Extension

  • Water quality management for aquaculture
  • Awareness on Conservation and sustainable management of fisheries resources
  • Algal cultivation for ecological restoration and food security with least carbon foot print.

Campus facilities developed

Aquaculture Quality Testing Laboratory:

  • Sample brought by the farmers are analysed for water quality.
  • Based on the results farm advisory services are rendered.

This lab provide results for the water and soil quality parameters on cost basis with the minimum fee of Rs. 150/- for the parameters such as Salinity, ammonia, pH, hardness, alkalinity.

This lab has the following equipment

  • UV-Vis spectrophotometer
  • Digital microscope
  • Spectrophotometer
  • Flame photometer
  • ORP meter
  • pH meter
  • Weighing balance
  • Hot air oven
  • BOD incubator
  • Microscope
  • Orbitary shaker
  • Centrifuges
  • Hot plate
  • Turbidity meter
  • Distilled water unit
  • Automatic weather station

Soil & water Nutrient analysis with Flame photometer and spectrophotometer

Plankton identification by students

Mobile laboratory

The Department has a mobile laboratory to cater to the analytical needs of the fish farmers. Every week the mobile laboratory move around various farming regions, collecting samples from farmers, and analysing them on site to ensure accuracy and to encourage farmers for better management by regular periodic analysis of their farm water samples at their convenience

Field testing of water quality (Mobile Lab)

Algal culture Unit

The department also embarking on the collection and maintenance of various algal strains to evaluate them in combating climate change, and to serve in food security, waste management, feed, fuel, fertilizer in ecologically balanced and sustainable way.

Projects - completed and in operation

Completed

  1. NFDB funded training programme on spirulina cultivation and value addition
    • Budget : 2.04 Lakhs
    • PI : Dr. D. Manikandavelu
  2. University Research Project on “Impact of ionic concentration of low saline waters on the growth characteristics of Vannamei’’
    • PI : S. Aruna

Ongoing

  1. URP on Documenting plankton of Pulicat lake of Tamilnadu region – S. Aruna
  2. URP on Characteristics of shrimp farm organic rich waters and its influence on the Pulicat ecosystem of Palaverkadu region – P. Velmurugan

Publications

  • Joel, D.R., P. Gopalakrishnan, M. Venkatasamy and D.Manikandavelu. 1993. Food conversion efficiency of the shrimp,Metapenaeusmonoceros in different saline regimes on various feeds. J. Eco biol., 5(4): 255 – 258.
  • Manikandavelu, D., A. Srinivasan and N. Jayakumar 1998. Evaluation of the
  • Manikandavelu, D., S. David Kingston and N. Jayakumar. 1999. Impact of hydrostatic pressure on the stability of fish and shrimp feeds. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Development and Transfer of Fisheries Technology, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tuticorin during 03 – 05.02.99: 98 – 99
  • Manikandavelu, D., P. Jawahar and S. Vallinayagam. 2000. Evaluation of photosynthetic stress as an indicator of pollution due to dye Industries. Journal of Environment and Pollution. 7(3): 247-248.
  • Neethiselvan, N., G. Indra Jasmine, D. Manikandavelu and V.K. Venkataramani, 2001. Uses of fermented ensilage in the diets of Etroplussuratensis (Bloch), Fishery Technology, 38(1):43-37.
  • Neethiselvan, N., D. Manikandavelu. G. Indra Jasmine and V.K. Venkataramani, 2002. Effects of protein sources on the growth, survival feed conversion and protein utilization in fry of red tilapia. Indian Journal of Fisheries 49(3): 299-304.
  • Manikandavelu. D, N. Jayakumar, P. Jawahar and V. K. Venkataramani. 2010. Stock assessment of Upeneustragula(Family: Mullidae) in Thoothukudi waters. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Pollution Hazards and Marine Fishery Resources Mangement, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 25 to 26 October 2007; 134 – 138.
  • Manikandavelu. D, N. Jayakumar, P. Jawahar and V. K. Venkataramani. 2010. Population dynamics of Scolopsisvosmeri(Family: Nemipteridae) in Thoothukudi waters. In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Pollution Hazards and Marine Fishery Resources Mangement, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 25 to 26 October 2007; 139 – 143.
  • Manikandavelu. D, N. Jayakumar, P. Jawahar and V. K. Venkataramani, 2010. A Study on the food and feeding habits of Upeneustragula (Family: Mullidae) and Scolopsisvosmeri (Family: Nemipteridae) In: Proceedings of the National Seminar on Pollution Hazards and Marine Fishery Resources Management, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 25 to 26 October 2007; 144 – 145.
  • Jayakumar, N, D. Manikandavelu and V.K. Venkataramani. 2010. Biodiversity of reef fishes in Thoothukudi region, Southeast coast of India. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Coral Reef Ecosystem, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 18 to 19 September 2008; 58 p (in press)
  • Jayakumar, N, D. Manikandavelu and V.K. Venkataramani. 2010. A study on the food and feeding habits of Lethrinuslentjen and Lutjanuskasmira. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Coral Reef Ecosystem, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 18 to 19 September 2008: (in press)
  • Jayakumar, N, D. Manikandavelu and V.K. Venkataramani. 2010. Stock assessment of Lethrinuslentjen (Lethrinidae) in Thoothukudi region, Southeast coast of India. In: Proceedings of the National Conference on Coral Reef Ecosystem, held at Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi from 18 to 19 September 2008: (in press)
  • Ranjith, L, Shukla, S. P, Vennila, A, Purushothaman, C. S, Lakshmi, M. S, Aruna, S. and Padmanabhan, A. K. 2011. An assessment on Spirulina platensis as a biosorbent for arsenic removal, Water Science & Technology: Water Supply,11(3):370-378
  • Aruna, S and Felix, S. 2017. The effect of ionic concentration of low saline waters on growth characteristics of Penaeus vannamei. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic studies. 5(3):73-76.
  • Aruna, S, Vennila, A, Ranjith, L and Manimekalai, D. 2017. Internal loading and Phosphorus resorption efficiency of A. marina and B. cylindrica in Uttan mangroves. J. Exp. Zool. India. 20(2): 1079-1083.

Contact info

The Dean
Dr. M.G.R Fisheries College and Research Institute
Ponneri - 601 204 Thiruvallur District,
Tamil Nadu, India.

044 - 2797 1556  |  044 - 2797 1557

deanfcriponneri@tnfu.ac.in