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The Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) is the oldest premier research institute in the field of inland fisheries research and training in India. Established initially as Central Inland Fisheries Research Station by the Govt. of India at Kolkata in 1947, it assumed the status of an institute and shifted to Barrackpore (North 24-Parganas, West Bengal) in 1959. The Institute came under the administrative control of Indian Council of Agricultural Research in October 1967.

The main objectives of the institute were to conduct investigations for a proper appraisal of inland fisheries resources of the country and to evolve suitable methods for their conservation and optimum utilization. While fulfilling the above objectives, the Institute directed its research efforts towards understanding the ecology and production functions of inland water bodies available in the country like a river systems, lakes, ponds, tanks, reservoirs and floodplain wetlands. These studies have unraveled the complex tropic structure and functions vis--vis the environmental variables in different aquatic ecosystems. During the early 1970s, the Institute expanded its activities by initiating various All India co-ordinate Research Projects; such as composite fish culture and fish seed production, air breathing fish culture, ecology and fisheries management of freshwater reservoirs and brackish water fish farming.

The Institute has the distinction of evolving and popularizing technologies on fish seed prospecting from rivers; fish seed transportation; induced breeding and nursery management of carps; bundth breeding of Chinese carps; composite fish culture; aquatic weed control; air-breathing fish culture; integrated fish farming; sewage fed fish culture; fisheries management of small reservoirs; brackish water fish farming and farming of edible snails. The country has witnessed a phenomenal increase in production of inland fish (0.22 million t in 1950-51 to 3.2 million t in 2002-03), which can be mainly attributed to the above technologies. At the beginning of Seventh Five year Plan, three Institutes (Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture, Central Institute of Brackish water Aquaculture and National Research Center on Coldwater Fisheries) were carved out from this Institute and the parent Institute was re-christened as Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) with effect from 1st April 1987. Under the changed set up, CIFRI is entrusted with the responsibility to conduct research on open water bodies where the fisheries management norms are closely associated with environmental monitoring and conservation

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