About the Organisers

Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT)

CUSAT was established in February 1986 reorganising the erstwhile University of Cochin by the Govt. of Kerala. The academic structure comprises of ten faculties and 28 departments and 18 centres sprawling over three campuses at Thrikkakkara, Lakeside Campus of Ernakulam and Pulinkunnu Campus at Alapuzha. CUSAT offers UG, PG, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs and the student strength is around 3000.

School of Industrial Fisheries, CUSAT

The School of Industrial Fisheries was established in 1998 by reorganising the Dept.of Industrial Fisheries which was established in 1976. The School offers two Post graduate programs in Fisheries besides M.Phil. and Ph.D. programs in multidisciplinary subjects such as Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources Management, Fishing Technology, Fish Processing Technology and Fisheries Management.

Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala

The Fisheries Department of Kerala, governed by the Minister for Fisheries, is considered to be one of the most important productive and developmental sectors of the state. The vision of the Department is the upliftment of fishing community, through implementation of the policy of the Government of Kerala for their socio-economic development. Responsibilities of the Department are to undertake various production oriented schemes, serving as agency for facilitating sustainable fishery and conservation of fishery resources and expansion of aquaculture in the state.


Chief Patrons

Union Minister for Agriculture 
Union Minister of State for Science and Technology
Union Minister for Earth Sciences
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change 
Sri. Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala


Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma, Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering, Govt. of Kerala
Sri. S. Sarma, Former Minister for Fisheries & Sitting MLA of Vypin, Govt. of Kerala 

Vice Patrons

Prof. K.N. Madhusoodanan, Vice Chancellor, Cochin University of Science and Technology

International Advisory Committee

Prof. Koike, Director ICHARM
Prof. Dmitry Pozdynakov, NIERSC, St. Petersburg, Russia 
Prof. Dr. TheunisPiersma
Dr. Akio Kitoh, Director, Office of Climate and Environmental Research Promotion, Japan
Professor David Booth, UTS Sydney
Prof. Ola M Johannesen, Nansen Scientific Society, Norway
Prof. Trevor Platt, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK
Dr. Lasse H Patterson, Nansen Environment Remote Sensing Centre, Norway
Dr. Marc Verdegem, Wagenengen University, The Netherlands
Dr. Swadhin K. Behera, Director, Application Laboratory, JAMSTEC
Dr. Vincenzo Zonno, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy
Dr. Annette Samuelsen Research leader Ocean Modeling Group Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center 
Dr. Sujatha Varadarajudu, Scientist, Environment Protection and Development, Ras Al Kaima, UAE.

National Advisory Committee

Shri C.K. Mishra, Secretary Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India
Smt. Pushpasubrahmanyam IAS, Secretary to Union Govt. of India, MoFPI.
Ms. Rajni Sekhri Sibal, IAS, Secretary to Union Govt. of India, Dept. of Fisheries, MoA. 
Dr. Pradeep Kumar, IAS, Secretary I/C National Disaster Management Authority
Ms. Rani Kumudini IAS, Chief Executive, NFDB, Hyderabad. 
Sri. Jyothilal IAS, Principal Secretary to Govt. of Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram.
Sri. K.S. Srinivas IAS, Chairman, MPEDA, Kochi.
Dr. Madhavan Nair Rajeevan Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences
Professor Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Science and Technology.
Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India.
Shri. Vaidya Rajesh Kotecha Secretary, Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH)
Dr. Shekhar C. Mande, Secretary, DSIR and Director General, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
Dr. Trilochan Mohapatra, Secretary (DARE) & Director General (ICAR), New Delhi.
Shri. R. Umamaheswaran, The Scientific Secretary, ISRO, Bangalore 
Professor Anurag Kumar, The Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr.(Mrs.) V.V. Bhosekar Director, Central Water and Power Research Station
Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, National Bank For Agriculture And Rural Development, Mumbai
Dr. E.N. Rajagopal Head, The National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting (NCMRWF), NOIDA, U.P.
Dr. Shyam Chetty, Head, CSIR Centre for Mathematical Modelling and Computer Simulation (C-MMACS) Bangalore 
Shri. Santanu Chowdhury Director, National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC)
Dr. S.K. Saxena, Director, Export Inspection Council, New Delhi.
Dr. M.V. Gupta, Former Director, International Relations, Worldfish Center (CGIAR) & World Food Prize Laureate and Member, Executive Committee, Agri Biotech Foundation.
Dr. Dilipkumar, Former Vice Chancellor, CIFE, Mumbai & Chairman, Technical Committee on Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy, India.

National Organising Committee

Dr. J.K. Jena, Deputy Director General (Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi
Prof. Sunil Kumar Singh, Director, National Institute of Oceanography, Goa.
Dr. L. Ramalingam, Dy. Director General (Fy) Holding Additional Charge of DG, (FSI).
Dr. M. Sudhakar, Director, CMLRE, Kochi.
Dr. Sudheer, Executive Vice President, Kerala State Council for Science, Technology & Environment, Thiruvananthapuram.
Sri. Anil Kumar Jain IAS, Chairman, National Biodiversity Authority, Chennai
Dr. S.C. Joshi IFS (Retd.), Chairman, Kerala State Biodiversity Board, Thiruvananthapuram
Dr. Sekhar L. Kuriakose, Member Secretary (ex-officio), Kerala State Disaster Management Authority
Prof. (Dr.) A. Ramachandran, Vice Chancellor, KUFOS, Kochi
Dr. S. Felix, Vice Chancellor, Tamil Nadu Fisheries University, Nagapatnam, Tamil Nadu.
Dr. R. Sasidharan, Former Vice Chancellor, CUSAT 
Dr. T. Balasubramanian, Vice Chancellor, CH&RI, Chennai.
Dr. Pravin Puthra, ADG (Marine Fisheries), ICAR, New Delhi.
Dr. Dharani, Director, NIOT, Chennai.
Dr. Gopal Krishna, Director, ICAR-CIFE, Mumbai.
Dr. A. Gopalakrishnan, Director, ICAR-CMFRI, Kochi.
Dr. Raghavarao K S M S, Director, Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR – CFTRI)
Dr. C.N. Ravishankar, Director, ICAR-CIFT, Kochi.
Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore.
Dr. K.K. Vijayan, Director, ICAR-CIBA, Chennai.
Dr. Kuldeep K. Lal, Director, ICAR-NBFGR, Lucknow.
Dr. Bindu R. Pillai, Director, ICAR -CIFA, Bhubaneswar.
Dr. Debajit Sarma, Director, ICAR-DCWFR, Bhimtal.
Sri. A.K. Choudhary, Director, CIFNET, Kochi.
Dr. Paul Pandian, Commissioner of Fisheries, Dept.of Fisheries, Govt. of India.
Dr. Jaisingh Meena, Director i/c, NIFPHATT, Kochi.
Dr. M. Ravichandran, Director, National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research, Goa. 
Dr. R. Ramesh, Director, NCSCM, Chennai.
Dr. M.V. Ramana Murthy, Director, NCCR, Chennai.
Dr. N. Purnachandra Rao, Director, NCESS, Thiruvananthapuram.
Dr. S.C.S. Shenoi, Director, INCOIS, Hyderabad.
Dr. Boban Ingole, Scientist G and Group Head (Rtd.) NIO, Goa.
Dr. Lawrence Harold, MD, MATSYAFED, Kerala. 
Dr. G. Sugumar, Dean, FC&RI, Thoothukudi.
Dr. Shivananda Murthy, Former Dean, College of Fisheries, Mangalore.
Dr. Sivaprakasan, Dean, College of Fisheries, Mangalore.
Dr. T.V. Ramana, Dean, Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University, Tirupati.
Dr. Bipul Kumar Das, Dean, Faculty of Fishery Sciences, Kolkata.
Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Dean, College of Fisheries, Tripura.
Dr. N. Anil Kumar, Director, Coastal System Research, MSSRF, Chennai.
Secretary General, Seafood Exporters Association of India, Chennai.
Prof. C. Hridayanathan, Former Director, SIF, CUSAT

Local Organising Committee

Prof. K.T. Thomson, Former Director, SIF, CUSAT, 
D. K. Gulati, Zonal Director, Fishery Survey of India, Kochi Base, Kochangadi, Kochi.
Dr. V. Sivanandan Achari, Director, School of Environmental Studies, CUSAT.
Dr. Rani Palaniswamy,OIC,Kochi Unit of CIFRI, CMFRI Campus, Kochi.
Dr. S. Kandan, Project Director, RGCA, Tamil Nadu
Dr. Jomon Joseph, CIFNET, Kochi.
Sri. Jayanarayanan, Joint Director of Fisheries (CZ), Dept. of Fisheries, Govt. of Kerala. 
Prof. Aneykutty Joseph, Director, School of Marine Sciences, CUSAT, Kochi.
Sri. Upen K. Pandia, Deputy Director, MPEDA, Kochi.
Dr. P. Balakrishnan, KFRI, Peechi, Thrissur.
Sri. B. Chakrapany, Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences, CUSAT, Kochi.
Dr. Valsamma Joseph, Director, NCAAH, CUSAT, Kochi.
Dr. V.S. Basheer, Principal Scientist, Kochi Unit of NBFGR, CMFRI Campus, Kochi.
Dr. Pankajakshan, Officer-in-Charge, NIO Regional Centre, Kochi.
Dr. Ajithkumar, T.T. Scientist-in-Charge, PMFGR Centre of the ICAR NBFGR, CMFRI Campus, Kochi.
Dr. Ravichandran, C., Scientist F, CSIR-NIO, Kochi.
Dr. Radhika Rajasree, Professor and Head, Sathyabama University, Chennai