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Department of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering

Introduction

The Department of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering was started during the year 1988 with the objective of undertaking teaching, research and extension in the field of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering. Considering the urgent need for the technical and professional man power in the field of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering of the state, the department has started offering M.F.Sc (Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering) degree programme from the year 1991. Further, M.F.Sc (Fisheries Engineering and Technology) degree programme as per the ICAR common syllabus is being offered from the year 2010. The department is also offering Doctoral degree programme (Fisheries Engineering and Technology) from the year and 2017. Besides offering the education, it undertakes research projects pertaining to the development of eco-friendly fishing gears. Considering the safety of the fishermen at sea, this department is actively involved in training fishermen on “Engine Maintenance, Sea safety, Responsible fishing and maintenance of Fishing harbours and landing centres”

Objectives

  • To offer courses for B.F.Sc, M.F.Sc and Ph.D. degree programmes in the field of Fisheries Engineering and Technology
  • To undertake research for evolving eco-friendly fishing gears
  • To undertake collaborative research with the allied departments for the benefit of the fisher folk.
  • To undertake extension activities related to Engine maintenance, Sea safety and Responsible fishing.

Teaching

Sl.No Course No Course Title Credit Load
1 FS-207 Refrigeration and Equipment Engineering 2+1
2 FS-218 Fishing Gear Technology 1+1
3 FS-308 Aquaculture Engineering 2+1
4 FS-309 Fishing Craft Technology 1+1
5 FS-316 Fishing Technology 1+1
6 FS-317 Navigation and Seamanship 1+1
Sl.No Course No Course Title Credit Hours
Major Courses
1 FET 501 Advanced Fishing Gear Technology 2+1
2 FET 502 Advanced Fishing Craft Technology 2+1
3 FET 503 Responsible Fishing 2+1
4 FET 504 Refrigeration and Electrical Engineering 2+1
5 FET 505 Marine Engineering 1+1
6 FET 508 Fishing Harbour and Fleet Management 2+1
7 FET 511 Fish Processing Machinery 1+1
8 FET 512 Acoustics, Navigation and Seamanship 1+1
Minor Courses
1 FET 506 Aquacultural Engineering 1+1
2 FET 507 Engineering Graphics 0+1
3 FET 509 Environmental Engineering and Pollution 1+1
4 FET 510 Sea safety and Disaster Management 1+0
Sl.No Course No Course Title Credit Hours
1 FET 601 Mechanization in fishing 2+1
2 FET 602 Advanced fishing gear design and construction 2+1
3 FET 603 Advanced fishing craft design and construction 2+1
4 FET 604 Fishing gear selectivity 1+1
5 FET 605 Sustainable fishing methods 2+1
6 FET 606 Electronic navigation and sea safety for fishing vessels 2+1
7 FET 607 Fishing harbour, planning, construction and management 2+1
1 FET 691 Doctoral seminar I 1+0
2 FET 692 Doctoral seminar II 1+0
3 FET 699 Doctoral research 45

Research Projects

Ongoing Research Projects
Completed Research Projects: 7 nos.

Sl.No Title of the Project Year PI & Co-PI of the Project Funds (in Rs.) Funding Agency
Ongoing Research Projects
1 Assessment of Fishing Pattern and Fishing Pressure in Gulf of Mannar 2017-18 Dr.B.Sundaramoorthy 21,00,000 Department of Environment, Govt. of Tamil Nadu
Completed Research Projects
2 Establishment of Marine Engine and Sea safety Training Centre for the Fisher folk of Tamil Nadu 2012-2013 Dr. N. Neethiselvan 2,21,00,000 NADP
3 Assessment of impact of trawling in Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Trust Region 2008-2010 Dr.N.Neethiselvan
Dr.B.Sundaramoorthy
8,20,000 GOMBORT
4 Design upgradation of line fishing gears for species specific fishing along South-East Coast of Tamil Nadu 2014-15 Dr. B. Sundaramoorthy 17,18,000 Part-II
5 Sustainable Exploitation of Fisheries Resources through Co-Management in Kombudurai Fishing Village 2016 Dr. B. Sundaramoorthy 4,95,000 FIMSUL-II

Outreach/Extension activities

Sl.No Name of the Extension Activities / Program Year No. of Trainings Beneficiary
1 Off campus and on campus training program on “Engine maintenance, Sea safety and Responsible fishing” for the fishermen of various maritime districts of Tamil Nadu. 2012-13 1,000 Nos
2 Off campus training programme on “Hygienic Handling and Harbour and landing center management” 2016-17 2,100 Nos

Infrastructure

The Department of Fishing Technology and Fisheries Engineering has two units, one in the main campus of Fisheries College and Research Institute, Thoothukudi and another in the shore laboratory complex which is located inside the Fishing harbour of Thoothukudi. The following are the different facilities to undertake teaching, research and extension in the field of fishing technology and fisheries engineering

Facilities available at main unit

Sl.No Facilities Utilities
1 Marine engineering workshop
- 100 hp marine diesel engine with propeller arrangement
- Cut out and working models of diesel and petrol engines
- Engines parts display
- Refrigeration test rig
- Diesel engine test rig
- Trawl winch assembly
- Fire extinguishers
(i) For demonstration of marine engine related aspects to undergraduate and postgraduates programmes.
(ii) to offer short term training programme to fishermen of both motorized and mechanized fishing vessels.
2 Fuel pump test laboratory
- Fuel pump test bench
- Accessories and tools for fuel pump test
(i) To conduct practical classes to postgraduate students
(ii) To conduct entrepreneurial training programme to interested fishermen
3 Fishing gear and craft model display unit
- Models of different fishing craft
- Models of different fishing gears
- Fishing accessories and implements
(i) To conduct practical classes in the field of Fishing gear technology and Fishing craft technology both under undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
4 Marine electronic laboratory
- GPS
- VHF communication system
- Echosounder
- Chart plotter
- Wind monitor
(i) To conduct practical classes in the field of Marine electronic equipments both under undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
5 Navigation chart reading and nautical science laboratory
- Fishing vessel signal flags
- Signal lights
- Chart reading and drawing tables
- Navigational charts
- Compass
- Sextant
- Lifesaving appliances
- DAT
To conduct practical classes in the field of Navigation and Seamanship both under undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Sl.No Facilities Utilities
1 Fishing gear fabrication unit
- Net braiding bars
- Braiding tools
- Otter boards
- Rope works and wires
- Fishing gear accessories
To conduct practical classes in the field of Fishing gear fabrication both under undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
2 Fishing boats and engines
- FRP Boat 18 ft
- FRP vallam 23 ft
- Out board engines – 2 Numbers (25HP)
- Boat accessories
To conduct practical classes in the field of Fishing boats and engines both under undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

Achievements

1. Optimum mesh size for the commercial exploitation of lesser sardines standardized The investigation made to optimize the mesh size of small meshed gill nets for the commercial exploitation revealed the following mesh sizes are ideal for the sustained fishery of lesser sardines along the coast of Gulf of Mannar.

Name of the species Optimum mesh size (mm)
Sardinella gibbosa 29.6
Sardinella gibbosa 30.6
Amblygaster Sirm 30.5

2. Optimum mesh size of Big meshed gill nets for the commercial exploitation of tuna standardized An investigation made to optimize the mesh size of big meshed gill nets for the commercial exploitation revealed the following mesh sizes are found ideal for the sustained fishery of tuna along the coast of Gulf of Mannar.

Name of the species Optimum mesh size (cm)
Euthynnus affinis 10.9
Auxis thazard 7.84
Thunnus tonggol 9.84
Katsuwnus pelemis 12.76

3. Development Improved Norwegian Collapsible trap


4. Development of TNFU squid jigging platform


5. Upgraded long line hauler


6. Development of Serial collapsible crab traps


7. Newly developed semi collapsible fish traps

Current Focus

  • Offering courses to UG, PG and PhD programme
  • Designing and introducing eco-friendly fishing gears
  • Developing artificial bait for hook and line fishing
  • Development of collapsible trap fishing techniques

Faculty

Name Designation E-mail Mobile No
Dr.N.Neethiselvan Professor and Head neethiselvan@tnfu.ac.in +91 9489120885
Mr.T.Ravikumar Assistant Professor ravikumar@tnfu.ac.in +91 9500742700

Publications

List of Research Papers Published from 2012 Onwards

  • 1. Neethiselvan, N., Manoj Kumar, D Arun Jenish, K Masilan and T Ravikumar. 2017. “Gill net selectivity and enmeshing pattern of Alectis indicus, ruppell, 1830 in big meshed gill nets of Thoothukudi coast, Southeast coast of India. J. Exp. Zool. India Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 689-696 (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 2. Sundaramoorthy. B, Sandeep Kumar and N. Neethiselvan. 2013 Long Line Selectivity on Epinephelus malabaricus. Tamilnadu J. Veterinary and Animal Sciences 9 (2) 93-103 (NAAS Rate – 3.78).
  • 3. Sundaramoorthy. B., V.K. Venkataramani., P. Jawahar and N. Neethiselvan, 2013 Study on Population characteristics and fishery of Western King shrimp Penaeus(Melicertus) latisulcatus, Kishinouye. International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 1 (2) 21 – 24.
  • 4. Sundaramoorthy. B., Parivallal .P and N. Neethiselvan 2013 Gillnet Selectivity on Catla catla (Hamilton, 1822) in Aliyar Reservoir, Tamil Nadu South India. Indian of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Research 9(5) 352-361 (NAAS Rate –3.78)
  • 5. Ravikumar. T., N. Neethiselvan, R. Velmurugan, Manojkumar and B.Sundaramoorthy 2014 Gill-net Selectivity and Fishing Pressure on Sardinella gibbosa (Bleeker, 1849) off Southeast Coast of India. Fishery Technology (52) 80-87 (NAAS Rate – 5.25).
  • 6. Ravikumar. T., P. Krishnan, Nagesh-Ram, R KirubaSankar, S Dam Roy, SK Zamir Ahmed & N Neethiselvan. 2014. Hodi, a traditional craft of Nicobari tribe. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 1(1)161-168. (NAAS Rate – 7.27).
  • 7. Ravi Kumar. T., N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoothy and A .Balasubramanian. 2015. Estimation of Gill Net Selectivity and Fishing Pressure on Sardinella fimbriata along Thoothukudi Coast of India. J. Exp. Zool. India 18(1) 399-403 (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 8. Ravikumar.T., Z. George, Nagesh Ram, P. Krishnan, S. K. Zamir Ahmed, S. Dam Roy, N. Neethiselvan and B.Sundaramoorthy. 2016 Socio-cultural, Fisheries, Veterinary and Agriculture practices of Nicobari Tribes of Car Nicobar Island. J. Exp. Zool. India 19(1) 441-446 (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 9. Ravikumar. T., Nagesh-Ram, S. Dam-Roy, P. Krishnan, Grinson-George and M. Sankaran. 2015. Traditional usages of Ichthyotoxic plant Barringtonia asiatica (L.) Kurz. by the Nicobari tribes. Journal of Marine and Island Cultures (Elsevier) (4) 76-80.
  • 10. Ravikumar.T., Nagesh Ram, P. Krishnan, R. Kiruba Sankar, V. Sachithanandam, S. Dam Roy. 2016. Subsistence fishing methods of Nicobari tribes using traditional knowledge. Journal of Marine and Island Cultures (Elsevier) (5) 79–87.
  • 11. Zamir Ahmed. S. K., T. Ravikumar, P. Krishnan and S.Jeyakumar. 2013. Traditional fishing gears and crafts used by the Nicbari tribes in Car Nicobar. Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge 12(1)141-148. (NAAS Rate – 7.27).
  • 12. Amala Shajeeva. J., N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, K. Masilan, D. Arunjenish, M. Rajakumar, T. Ravikumar & V. Baiju (2017): Carbon emission due to excess fuel consumption by the trawlers of Thoothukudi, Southeast Coast of India, Carbon Management, DOI:10.1080/17583004.2017.1386534. 8(3) 1-6 (NAAS Rate – 7.66).
  • 13. Amala Shajeeva. J., N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, K. Masilan, D. Arunjenish and T. Ravikumar. (2017) Optimization of engine power for rational fishing by the trawlers of Thoothukudi, South East coast of Tamilnadu. J. Exp. Zool. India Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 697-700 (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 14. Beenamol.C., A.Karthy, N.Neethiselvan, B.Sundaramoorthy, S.Athithan and T.Ravikumar 2017. Traditional Fish trapping practices along Enayam coast of Kanyakumari district, Tamil Nadu. J.Exp.Zool.India. 20(2): 1059-1063. (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 15. Karthy. A., N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, S.A. Shanmugam, T. Ravikumar and C. Beena mol.2017. Comparison of catching efficiency of serial collapsible crab traps with crab gill net operated along the Gulf of Mannar, India.J. Exp. Zool. India 20(2): 1231-1237. (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 16. Kalaiarasan, N.Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, S.A.Shanmugam and Xavier.P. Rayan 2015. Modified Norwegian trap for marine ornamental and food fishes off South east coast of India. Fishery Technology. 52:71-79. (NAAS Rate – 5.25).
  • 17. Kalaiarasan. M., N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, S.A. Shanmugam, Xavier P. Rayan and R. Velmurugan 2014 Studies on the Traditional trap Fishery of Keelakarai coast Indian. J. Exp. Zool. India 17 (1) 71-79 (NAAS Rate – 5.51).
  • 18. Selvamuthukumaran .P, Cheryl Antony and B. Sundaramoorthy. 2015. Selectivity of hooks for seer fishes in the longline fishery of Thoothukudi coast, Tamil Nadu, India Indian J. Fish 62 (2) 77-80 (NAAS Rate – 6.22).
  • 19. Mariappan. S, N. Neethiselvan, B. Sundaramoorthy, S. Athithan and T. Ravikumar. 2016. Comparison of catching efficiency of serial collapsible fish traps baited with two different baits J. Exp. Zool. India 19 (1) 597-601 4.63 (NAAS Rate –5.51).
  • 20. Harsha, K. B.Sundaramoorthy, N.Neethiselvan, S.Athithan, G.Sugumar and T.Ravikumar .2016. A rising model of self-disciplinary fishing village in south east coast of Tamil Nadu. J. Exp. Zool. India 19 (2) 763-766 (NAAS Rate –5.51).