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Department of Aquaculture

Introduction

Department of Aquaculture is consisting of a freshwater farm comprising of 15 ponds and a mini-reservoir of 2.7 ha that supplies water to all the ponds

Objectives

  • To offer courses in aquaculture subjects for undergraduate, post graduate and Ph.D. students.
  • To undertake basic and applied research work on various aspects of aquaculture.
  • To offer training programmes in various discipline of aquaculture to farmers, rural folks, fisher folks, entrepreneurs, school drop outs, line departments, bankers, social service organization etc.
  • Dissemination of technology through extension materials, books, booklets, articles etc.
  • To take follow up action on the extension programmes conducted.

Teaching

Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 FS 101 Principles of Aquaculture 1+1
2 FS 110 Freshwater Aquaculture 2+1
3 FS 111 Aquaculture in Reservoirs 1+1
4 FS 201 Ornamental Fish Production and Management 1+1
5 FS 210 Coastal Aquaculture and Mariculture 2+1
6 FS 301 Finfish Hatchery Management 2+1
7 FS 310 Shellfish Hatchery Management 1+1
8 ELP 411 Aqua Farming 0+10
Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 AQC 501 Sustainable Aquaculture 2+1
2 AQC 502 Soil and Water Quality Management 2+1
3 AQC 503 Nutrition and Feed Technology 2+1
4 AQC 504 Aquatic Animal Health Management 2+1
5 AQC 506 Seed production and Hatchery Management of Shellfishes 1+1
6 AQC 509 Coastal Aquaculture 2+1
7 AQC 511 Larval Nutrition and Culture of Food Organisms 2+1
Sl.No Course No Title of the Course Credit Hours
1 AQC 601 Advances in Aquaculture Production System 2+1
2 AQC 602 Advances in Seed production and Hatchery Management 2+1
3 AQC 603 Aquaculture Ecosystem Management 2+1
4 AQC 606 Advances in Fish Genetics 2+1
5 AQC 607 Intensive Farming System for Tilapia and Catfishes 2+1
Optional Courses
6 AQC 609 Applied Biotechnology 1+1
7 AQC 605 Fish and Shellfish Physiology and Endocrinology 1+1
8 AQC 604 Aquatic Animal Health Management and Quarantine 1+1
9 AQC 608 Aquaculture Development, Planning and Management 1+1

Research Projects

Sl.No Title of the Project Year PI of the Project Funds (Rs in lakhs) Funding Agency
1 University Revolving Fund Scheme on Demo Culture units of Pangassius, Vannamei, Scampi and GIFT Tilapia 2016 Dr. C. Judith Betsy 5.00 TNJFU
Sl.No Title of the Project Year PI of the Project Funds (Rs in Lakhs) Funding Agency
1 Development of Sperm Bank for the production of quality seeds 2009 - 2012 Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar 50.00 NADP
2 An export oriented marine value chain for farmed sea food production using Cobia (Rachycentroncanadum) through rural entrepreneurship 2009 - 2013 Dr. N. Felix,
Dr. B.Ahilan
159.139 ICAR (NAIP)
3 Enhancing open water aquaculture production through cage farming 2011 - 2012 Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar,
Dr. M. J. Prince Jeyaseelan,
Dr. N. Felix
21.00 NADP
4 Dissemination of BMPs and Biofloc Technology to enhance Litopenaeus vannamei and Penaeus monodon shrimp production in Tamil Nadu 2011 - 2012 Dr. C. B. T. Rajagopalsamy,
Th.T. Anand,
Dr. A. Gopalakannan,
Dr. M. J. Prince Jeyaseelan
21.22 NADP
5 Revolving fund project on Ornamental fish culture 2011 - 2013 Dr. B. Ahilan 1.00 TANUVAS
6 Evaluation of cultured algal powder for its suitability in fish seeds 2012 - 2013 Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar,
Dr. M. J. Prince Jeyaseelan,
Dr. N. Felix
1.74 Praj Industries Ltd, Pune
7 Experiential Learning in Freshwater aqua Farming 2012 - 2015 Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar,
Dr. B.Ahilan,
Dr. N. Felix
36.20 ICAR
8 Establishment of fish feed quality testing laboratory for the benefit of fish farmers of Tamil Nadu 2013 - 2014 Dr. B. Ahilan,
Dr. C. B. T. Rajagopalsamy,
Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar
101.00 NADP
9 Export Oriented Ornamental Fish Farming 2014 - 2015 Dr. B. Ahilan 2.25 NFDB
10 Shrimp Brood Bank 2015 - 2016 Dr. J. Stephen Sampath Kumar 198.92 NADP
11 Influence of replacing Soybaen meal by alternative protein sources in the diets of GIFT Tilapia 2015 - 2016 Dr. B. Ahilan 2.46 EVONIK, Singapore

Outreach/Extension activities

Sl.No Name of the Extension Activities / Program Year Beneficiary
On campus training
1 Demonstration of cage farming 2012 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
2 Training on the cage farming of fishes 2012 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
3 Ornamental fish culture and breeding 2013 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
4 Fish feed and feeding management 2014 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
5 Ornamental fish culture 2014 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
6 Ornamental fish culture 2017 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
7 Skill development programme on ‘Vannamei farming’ 2017 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
8 Ornamental fish farming 2018 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
Off Campus Training
9 Ornamental fish culture 2013 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
10 Ornamental fish culture 2014 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
11 Ornamental fish culture 2015 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
12 Ornamental fish culture 2015 Farmers & Entrepreneurs
13 Awareness programme on fisheries and aquaculture 2017 School Students

Infrastructure

  • Freshwater Fish Farm
  • Freshwater Prawn Hatchery and Nursery
  • Ornamental Fish Culture Unit
  • Glass House Aquarium
  • Cryopreservation Laboratory and Frozen Sperm Bank
  • Fish Nutrition Laboratory
  • Water Quality Analysis Laboratory
  • Biofloc Culture Unit

Achievements

  • Developed controlled breeding protocol for cobia.
  • Standardized grow out of nursery reared fingerlings of cobia in tanks, ponds and sea cages.
  • Cryopreservation protocol was developed for Catla catla, Labeo rohita, Cirrhinus mrigala, Cyprinus carpio, Carssius auratus,Labeo fimbriatus, Clarius batrachus and Aristichthys nobilis.
  • Low cost cages were designed for the benefit of farmers.
  • Standardized open water cage culture technology for wild water bodies in the rural areas for carps.
  • Standardized biofloc technology for Litopenaeus vannamei and Penaeus monodon.

Current Focus

  • Biofloc based fish farming.
  • Periphyton based fish farming.
  • Culture of murrel and pearl spot in Farm ponds and Cages.
  • Culture of Penaues vanamei under low saline waters.
  • Cryopreservation of commercially important fishes.
  • Breeding of commercially important cichlids.
  • Crab & Lobster fattening.
  • Seaweed Farming.

Faculty

Name Designation E-mail Mobile No
Dr. S. Athithan Professor & Head athithan@tnjfu.ac.in 9442288850
Dr. C. Judith Betsy Assistant Professor betsy@tnjfu.ac.in 9894489236

Publications

  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2016. Effect of three different extenders on the spermatological parameters of Cyprinuscarpio. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 31(1-2): 25-30.
  • Gowsalya, T., Stephen Sampath Kumar, J. and Judith Betsy, C., 2016. Influence of earthworm meal as an alternative protein source in goldfish Carassiusauratus. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 31(1-2): 91-102.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2016. Influence of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) on the spermatological parameters of Cyprinuscarpioduring cryopreservation. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 31(1-2): 103-113.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2016. Effect of fish oil on the growth and survival of common carp fry. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 31 (3-4): 225-229.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2016. Effect of ovarian fluid on the sperm motility characteristic of common carp (Cyprinuscarpio). Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 31 (3-4): 231-237.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J. and ThilakPonJawahar, K., Athithan, S., Ahilan, B. and Karal Marx, K., 2016. Captive broodstock development of common carp: Influence of age on spermatogenesis and fertilization parameters. Indian Journal of Fisheries, 63(4): 75-81.
  • Ramya. N., Ahilan. B.,Rajagopalsamy.C.B.T. and Francis, T.,2016. Influences of natural and artificial colour enhancers in the colour enhancement of juvenile goldfish. Journal of Aquaculture in Tropics, 31(1-2):67-75.
  • Jaculine Pereira, J., Jeyashakila, R.,Ahilan. B., Karlmarx. K and Rajagopalsamy, C.B.T., 2016. Generation of DNA barcode data base for Gunthers loach Nemacheilusguntheri. Journal of Aquaculture in Tropics, 31(1-2):1-12.
  • Anix VivekSanthiya. A., Athithan, S.,Ahilan. B., Stephen. J. and Francis, T., 2016. Genetic Improvement programme in finfishes towards aquaculture development. Journal of Aquaculture in Tropics, 31(1-2):123-127.
  • Jaculine Pereira, J., Ahilan, B., Karlmarx. K., Jeyashakila, R. and Rajagopalsamy.C.B.T., 2017. DNA barcode database generation for dotted loach. Journal of Aquaculture in Tropics, 32(1):115-125.
  • RaswinGeoffery, G.K., Ahilan, B., Athithan, S. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2017. Influence of replacing Soybaen meal by alternative protein sources in the diets of GIFT tilapia. Journal of Aquaculture in Tropics, 32(1):107-114.
  • Prabhu, B., Rajagopalsamy, C.B.T., Ahilan, B., Jeevagan, I.J.M.A. and Renuha Devi, M.,2017. Effect of supplementation of Biofloc meal with tryptophan on growth and survival of GIFT Tilapia. International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Science, 69(8):3426-3464.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., ThilakPonJawahar, K., 2017. Effect of age on the spermatological and fertilization parameters of common carp brooders cryopreserved at three dilution ratios. Asian Fisheries Science,30: 195-205.
  • Judith Betsy, C. and Stephen Sampath Kumar, J., 2017. Energetic of fish spermatozoa- a review. Journal of Aquaculture in the Tropics, 32(1-2): 39-53.