Aquaculture & Fisheries Biotechnology

Introduction/ Genesis of the Programme

Aquaculture & Marine Biotechnology programme was initiated during 1988-89 to support R&D and demonstration nature projects towards development of useful products and process from the marine resources. It was also for aquaculture production and productivity increase through improved technology with the adoption of biotechnology tools and techniques. The purpose of the programme was to create visible impact in the form of creation of specialized manpower in molecular biology, infrastructure development and establishment of sophisticated R&D facilities for augmenting and expediting research. The innovations supported expected to benefit the aquatic and marine sectors and help the scientific and research community in pursuing good research priorities by putting emphasis on various sectors of Aquaculture & Marine Biotechnology addressing areas viz. feed and nutrition, health, environment and productivity increase through adoption of molecular tools and techniques, aspects on marine genomics and proteomics and extremophiles. The department is also putting its efforts to establish the centres of excellence in theme based areas of Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology to boost up the sector in research and development.

Aim/ Objectives of the Programme

Aim: The aim of the programme is to enhance aquaculture production, productivity and development of useful products and processes from marine resources for the benefit of the society.


  • Development of diagnostics and vaccines for major diseases in aquaculture
  • Development of culture technology in non-traditional species and front-line demonstrations to prove techno-economic viability of aquaculture production system
  • Improved aspects on new feed development, fish nutrition, breeding and reproduction, post-harvest management and value addition for enhancement of aquaculture productivity
  • Fish genomics, proteomics and transcriptomics of Indian aquaculture species
  • Development of in vitro tissue/ cell culture system in various aquaculture species
  • Marine pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, bio-adhesives, bio-flocculent, bio-surfactants, medical implants, biopolymers, bio-plastics, novel enzymes, biosensors and bioremediation
  • Fish transgenics for therapeutic and ornamentals
  • Marine extremophiles
  • Programme support/ Centre of excellence in Aquaculture & Marine Biotechnology
  • Training support in Molecular Biology for Fisheries Professionals

Some Success Stories

Aquaculture plays a very important role in Indian agricultural economy. The programme is being implemented for enhancing aquaculture production, productivity and development of useful products and processes from marine resources. Under this programme projects are being supported to benefit the aquatic and marine sectors by addressing broad areas on fish genomics, breeding and transcriptomics, fish health and management, fish nutrition, fish production, development of diagnostics, immunostimulants and antimicrobial peptides, bio-prospecting, capacity building, development of fish cell lines through adoption of molecular tools and techniques. Project on establishment of viral repository has also been supported. The details of some success stories of the programme may be seen at Annexure-I

Outcome of Last 5 Years

No. of Publications:About 150 publications/ research papers were published in reputed journals.
No. of Patents filed/ granted: 04 patents have been filed
No. of Technologies developed/ licensed/commercialized/ start-up created:23 technologies/ products/processes have been developed
No. of Manpower trained: About 180 manpower (RA/JRF/SRF) were trained
Any major facilities supported/ created
  • National Repository of fish cell lines established at ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow and C. Abdul Hakeem College, Vellore. More than 54 cell lines have been developed and these cell lines are being maintained for various virological, toxicological and gene expression studies.
  • National Repository has been established for finfish and shellfish viruses at ICAR-CIFA Bhubaneswar, ICAR-CIFE Mumbai, CUSAT-Cochin, CAHC-Vellore and SKUAST-Kashmir
  • Centre of excellence in aquaculture for genetic enhancement of economically important freshwater fish Catla Catla has been supported at ICAR-CIFA, Bhubaneswar
Any other relevant information which needs to be highlighted (if any):
Call for proposals for current FY or New programme Launched (if any):
Concerned Officer for more information

Contact of Concern Officer

Programme Head Dr. Nitin K. Jain, Scientist F
Programme OfficerDr. Manoj Singh Rohilla, Scientist E
Attached OfficerDr. Lokesh Kumar Narnoliya, Scientist C
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