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Training Programme Breeding and Seed Production of Murrel and Anabas 21-23 August 2014 

Model Training Course on Preventive Health Management in Freshwater Aquaculture

Training on Genetics and Molecular Biology Techniques and its Application in Aquaculture

Upcoming Training programmes 

DRAFT VISION 2050 for comments and suggestions from the stakeholders  


"Training Programme on “Post harvest technologies of freshwater fish” for women at CIFA"

Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) plays a vital role in providing various aquaculture technologies to different group of beneficiaries and stakeholders and plays a key role in empowering women in commercial aquaculture. (Read More)




Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) celebrated 86th Foundation Day of ICAR in its Bhubaneswar headquarters today, i.e. on 16th of July 2014. Beginning its march as Imperial Council of Agricultural Research on this historical day way back in 1929, ICAR has played pioneering role in ushering Green Revolution, achieving self-sufficiency in food grain production and making India an exporter from importer in food crops.



The Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA) on Thursday observed the 14th National Fish Farmers’ Day at its Kausalyaganga campus here. The day is commemorated in remembrance of scientists Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr. H.L. Chaudhury who had invented induced breeding technology on this day way back in 1957. (Read More)



Excellence in research for developing sustainable and diversified freshwater aquaculture practices for enhanced productivity, quality, water use efficiency and farm income.

Making Indian freshwater aquaculture globally competitive through eco friendly and economically viable fish production systems for livelihood and nutritional security


  • To conduct basic, strategic and applied research in freshwater aquaculture.
  • To enhance production efficiencies through incorporation of biotechnological tools.
  • To undertake studies on diversification of aquaculture practices with reference to species and systems.
  • To provide training and consultancy services.


23-27th, June, 2014- CIFA Organizes Exposure Visit Programme for RK Mission- KVK Farmers. (Read More)

18-25th June, 2014- CIFA (ICAR) conducts National Training on Freshwater Pearl Culture for Entrepreneurship Development. (Read More)

1st April, 2014- CIFA Celebrates its 27th Annual Day (Read More)

21st March, 2014- State level livehood workshop (NAIP) in CIFA. (Read More)

19- 20th March, 2014- National workshop on Library Automation using Koha Software under e-Granth organized at CIFA, Bhubaneswar (Read More)

5th February, 2014- CIFA organizes Consultative Workshop on “Self-sufficient and Sustainable Aquaculture in North Eastern Region” held at Agartala, Tripura (Read More)

24th February, 2014- Launch and sensitization workshop on “National Surveillance Programme for Aquatic Animal Diseases” organised at CIFA (Read More)

Bali, a small Island within Sundarban inhabited by tribal and SC populations, was ravaged by the strong cyclonic storm “Aila” in 2009, causing heavy damage to the livestock and biodiversity resulting in severe food crisis. Traditionally the inhabitants venture into the dense Sunderban forests for their livelihood and face casualties from ferocious Bengal tigers and crocodiles.

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Website last updated on 15 July 2014

Forthcoming Events

Training Programme "Recent Advances in Freshwater Aquaculture" for Fisheries Executive staff of Kerala State Fisheries Department is scheduled to be held during 25-28 August 2014.
National Workshop on Fish Nutrition & Feed Technology. First week of Nov., 2014
 National Workshop on Off-season Breeding & Seed Production of Carps. Last week of January, 2015

Research Achievement

Average water requirement to produce 1 kg table size fish and 1 lakh spawn is 645 l and 7340 l, respectively, when the breeding pool is 8 m and incubation chamber is 3 m.

Successful captive induced breeding of murrel, Channa striatus was achieved using HCG and pituitary extract with fertilization and hatching rates varying from 80-98% and 65-94%, respectively

On-farm demonstration of the CIFA package of practice for murrel grow-out culture yielded 792-1200 kg/ha/yr.

On farm trial of third generation of genetically improved M. rosenbergii was carried out in Odisha. Fourth generation prawn with higher growth was also produced.

Community-based aquaculture pond management in rural areas enhanced the production from a baseline level of 1,081 kg/ha/yr to 2,192 kg /ha/yr.

Multispecies fingerling rearing of rohu,kalbasu and olive barb was found to be better option ,than fingerling rearing of individual species.

Dawkinsia tambraparniei was bred under captivity for the first time and successful larval rearing achieved.

Captive breeding and seed production of barred spiny eel, Macrognathus pancalus were achieved.

Captive breeding of Gudusia chapra was achieved in pond condition.

Broodstock of Puntius carnaticus was developed under captive condition and induced bred for the first time.

Successful seed production of Labeo fimbriatus has been achieved and on-farm demonstration carried out at Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka

Successful xenogenic transplantation of germ cells was carried out in major carps for the first time

Sodium carbonate was most effective and ETDA being least effective in reducing the iron content of water used in aquaculture.

Ontogenic study on colour development of koi carp revealed achievement of optimum hue at 19th day post-hatch onwards, while optimum saturation was 0.56.

Mobile fish vending unit was designed and the prototype released.

Under the Gender Mainstreaming project, Training was imparted to 160 women fisher folks of Jaipur,Paribasudeipur and Fakirpada clusters.

“Ornamental fish villages” covering 60 farm families were developed in Landijhari and Saruali in Barkote block of Deogarah district

The livelihood project funded by NAIP has adopted 1,000 farm families in extended period with an emphasis on integrated farming systems.

Feed conversion efficiency can be incorporated into the ongoing rohu selective breeding, as evidenced from the selection index study. Eighteen microsatellite loci with high allelic richness have been chosen towards developing a marker suit for parentage analysis in rohu

Unambiguous identification of intergeneric hybrids of rohu and catla is made possible using a newly developed molecular marker based kit, and it received provisional patent (343/KOL/2013 dt 26.3.2013).

A base population of catla has been established using genetically diverse stocks collected from ten different geographical locations

Over 3 crores of improved rohu spawn were distributed to several farmers of Odisha and other parts of India.

Real time expression of 19 reproduction related transcripts in rohu exhibited differential pattern of expression during preparatory and post spawning phases. The first generation linkage map in rohu using 155 informative microsatellite markers has been developed for the first time in any indigenous species.

Pou2, a factor responsible for renewal of SSC in fish, has been elucidated in catla.

TLRs from catla, mrigal and catfish were characterized. Cloning and sequencing of catla TLR22 containing an open reading frame (ORF) of 2841 bp nucleotides and 946 amino acids were carried out.

Five isozymes of amylase were identified from the partially purified enzyme preparations of peninsular carp.

Tambul, a plant based attractant at 1% level in the feed of catla fingerlings resulted in enhanced growth.

Photo-thermal manipulation in rohu enhanced fecundity and male rohu matured in winter season.

Klebsiella pneumonia CF-S9 strain was found to be a novel candidate for waste water bioremediation.

Selection of rohu for resistance against Aeromonas hydrophila indicated positive correlation with survival to growth and good heritability for survival trait.

Ceruloplasmin as an indirect marker of resistance to aeromoniasis was established in rohu.

High density rohu SNP linkage map was constructed for the first time and QTL to A. hydrophila resistance established.

hsp60 gene was found as an alternative marker for phylogenetic analysis of thermophiles

DNA vaccine construct of Edwardsiella tarda was successfully evaluated under laboratory conditions.

Interleukin 11 of rohu was characterized and study indicated that IL-11 could be a molecule important for early survival of rohu.

Argulus siamensis transcriptome was generated and the downstream molecules of TLR pathway were characterized for crustaceans for the first time.

Alginate–chitosan PLGA microspheres as an antigen carrier which stimulates both innate and adaptive immune response was explored in fish model.

Mx gene of rohu was sequenced and characterized.

Rising atmospheric temperature, decrease of ground water level and rise in inland water temperature were found to be manifestations of climate change affecting aquaculture.

Integrated culture of high value agri-horti crops with Indian major carps and small indigenous fishes was successfully demonstrated.