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The Directorate of Research is coordinating and monitoring the research activities of the faculty of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Nagapattinam. The Directorate has linkages with the State and Central Fisheries Research Institutes for the exchange of research innovations in fisheries. Further, the overall research of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University has been reviewed periodically and necessary guidelines issued. The Director of Research is administering the research activities of the faculty of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University. The Directorate is also coordinating with the Central and State Fisheries Institutions for various fisheries programmes. In order to assist in the administration of ministerial works of the Directorate, the requirement of the office staff is justified.


  • To coordinate the research activities of the faculty of Tamil Nadu Fisheries University.
  • To collaborate and cooperate with Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Department, Tamil Nadu State Fisheries Development Corporation, etc.
  • To disseminate the salient research findings through the mass media, audio visual aids, etc., for the benefits of the farming community.
  • To facilitate in the formulation of new research project proposals for Govt. of India, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and other external funding Agencies

Priority Areas for Research

  • Cage culture of fishes in open water bodies
  • iofloc technology in fish farming
  • Culture of L. vannamei in freshwater
  • Nutritional requirement studies in fish and shellfish


Coastal Aquaculture

  • Broodstock rearing and seed production of mangrove jack (Lutjanusargentimaculatus) and pompano (Tranchinotus)
  • Seaweed cultivation in lined pond
  • Better Management Practices and Biosecurity in shrimp farming
  • Investigations on emerging fish and shellfish diseases in Tamil Nadu
  • Development of vaccines, herbal ingredients with nutraceutical and immunostimulant formulations for the control of fish and shellfish diseases


Coastal Aquaculture

  • Biodiversity and stock assessment and management of threatened and commercially important fish and shellfish
  • Reproductive endocrinology of various fish and shellfish
  • Development of technology for the farming of Indian spiny loach,Lepidocephalus thermalis along with Indian major carps

Ongoing Projects: 2

S.No Name of the PI Title of the project Scheme Code Funding Agency Duration & Date of Start Budget ( lakhs)
1 Dr.S. Athithan, Professor & Head Testing of a floating solar platform deployed off the coast of Tharuvaikulam to generate solar energy and freshwater for the benefit of the coastal communities 14 - 128 M/s. Sea Energy, Bangalore, Karnataka 01.05.2018 5.336
2 Dr.V. Alamelu, Asst. Professor Remergence of V.vulnificus risk in seafood safety in response to climatic changes SC.NO.22 – 101– 01 DST – SERB, New Delhi 10.04.2019 39.67

University Research Projects: 3

S.No Name of the PI Title of the project Date of start Work done
1 Dr.T.Umamaheswari, Assistant Professor Impact assessment of welfare schemes on socio-economic upliftment of marine fishers of Thoothukudi district, Tamil Nadu 04.04.2019 Impact assessment of welfare schemes
2 Tmt.S.Vimaladevi, Assistant Professor Development and standardization of health drink from Bio-modulated chitosan 26.06.2019 Selection and standardization of ingredients for the development of health drink from biomodulated chitosan
3 Th.V.Vijayarahavan,Assistant Professor Formulation of Ulva based jam products 25.04.2019 Collected seaweed samples