Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
(A Society under Marine Products Export Development Authority,
Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)

Technology Development Centre for Sustainable Aquaculture

Infrastructure Development Division (IDD)

Projects Developed

Mangrove Crab Hatchery Project, Thoduvai

A full scale Mud Crab hatchery (1485 Sq.m) has been constructed, with separate sections for Quarantine, Broodstock Management, Artemia Hatching, Artemia Biomass production, Larval rearing, Algal & Rotifer production. All sections are provided with FRP tanks of adequate capacity. Availability of variable natural lighting specific to the rearing requirements has been ensured while designing the hatchery.

Aquaculture Demonstration Farm, Karaikal

Demonstration farm developed in a total land area of 5.6 Ha, comprises of 5 ponds with a total water spread area of 4 Ha and supported with a network of elevated feeder canals. Individual ponds drain out through the sluice where harvests are carried out. A mini feed mill which caters to the R & D requirement of the farm is also housed in the project.

Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

A state-of-the-art biosecure facility equipped with Recirculation Aquaculture Systems (RAS) has been created to maintain SPF Tiger Shrimp. The facility comprises of the following components:

  • Pre-Primary & Primary Quarantine Units, Amkunj, Middle Andamans

    Semi Permanent structures have been created with the following facilities
    Pre–Primary unit (250 Sq.m) - 10 cubicles with individual FRP tanks. 
    The Primary unit (360 Sq.m) - Masonry tanks connected to RAS.
    Other major infrastructure created at PPQU include Disease Challenge Test unit, Transit Quarantine Block & Breeder holding section (260 Sq.m), Spawning Room (150 Sq.m)

  • Secondary Quarantine Unit (SQU), Kodiaghat, South Andamans

    SQU (1680 Sq.m) – 12 cubicles with individual 15 MT FRP connected to exclusive RAS 
    Other major infrastructure created at SQU includes Indoor Algal Lab, Wet lab and Feed preparation unit.

  • Nucleus Breeding Centre, Kodiaghat, South Andamans

    Terrain site with level difference of 38 m has been selected to create a facility with biosecure operations. The Maturation & Nursery Block (2030 Sq.m) located at an elevated area comprises of Maturation & Nursery Units (2 Nos each). Each unit comprises of 6 nos of 15 MT FRP tanks with dedicated RAS. Entry point for these units is only though Shower cubicles.

    Two Grow-out units (1220 Sq.m each) contain raceways of 100 MT (4 nos in each unit) connected to RAS (2 nos in each unit), entry for which is only though Shower cubicles controlled by motion sensor gadgets.

    Other major infrastructure created at NBC includes 1200 MT reservoir connected to ozoniser & filtration units, ETP (665 WSA), Blower Shed, Pump Room, Administration Block (675 Sq.m), Service Block, Store, Incineration unit, Tyre bath etc.

Shrimp Broodstock & Nauplii Production Centre (SBNPC), Gopalpur-on-Sea, Odisha

The Orissa State Shrimp Production and Research Centre (OSSPARC) facility of MPEDA has been modified to create a pilot scale Broodstock Multiplication Centre for P. monodon with the following components: Maturation area (584 Sq.m), Larval Rearing area (468 Sq.m) & algal section (195 Sq.m).

Technology Transfer Training and Administrative Complex, Sirkali, Tamil Nadu

A state-of-the-art facility comprising of the following have been created: Aquaculture Library (131 Sq.m), Auditorium (129 Sq.m), Museum (178 Sq.m), Pathology Lab (176 Sq.m), Genetics Lab (95 Sq.m) apart from the administrative block of RGCA.

A Challenge Lab (400 Sq.m), Nutrition Lab (100 Sq. M), Visiting Scientist Quarters (280 Sq.m), Trainee Hostel block (378 Sq.m), Canteen & recreation block (280 Sq.m), Staff Quarters, prototype farms etc have been proposed to be constructed in the next phase. 

Aquatic Quarantine Facility for L. vannamei, Neelankarai, Chennai

A state-of-the-art biosecure Aquatic Quarantine Facility has been created in three phases comprising of four blocks totalling to a capacity of 20 quarantine cubicles with independent Recirculation Aquaculture Systems, 15 receiving sections and four packing with an area of 3366 Sq.m. Entry points are provided with shower areas.

The other major infrastructure created are: Sea Water Reservoir (4000MT), Fresh Water treatment & Storage Unit, Sea Water filtration sections (342 Sq.M), Pumps, Blowers, Chillers, DG & Electrical Panel blocks (797 Sq.M), Administration & Laboratory Block (369 Sq.M) etc. 

All these have been successfully achieved by modifying & strengthening most of existing structures/sections & extending to create new sections. 

In order to tap the renewable energies, solar street lighting has been partly commissioned.

Artemia Project, Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu

The Artemia cyst and biomass production facility has been developed in a total land area of 6.75 Ha. The farm comprises of 13 nos of Artemia cyst and biomass production ponds of 1648 Sq.m water spread area each, 2 nos of fertilization ponds of 320 Sq.m each, 7 algal ponds (4400 Sq.m), 5 evaporation ponds (4060 Sq.m), Lab, Office etc. The ponds developed have been provided with a clay core / HDPE lining for water retention. An in-house processing unit for cyst processing and packaging has been created within the facility. 

Scampi Broodstock Development Project, Vijayawada

The Scampi farm comprises of a Reservoir pond (1.39 Ha), Broodstock holding cluster ponds (18 Nos of 500 sqm), experimental grow-out ponds (36 Nos of 250 sqm), a quarantine unit and an ETP of 0.77 Ha WSA.

The project also has a well established hatchery facility equipped with a quarantine section, rearing unit, a microsurgery laboratory and a PCR laboratory.

Grouper Project, Kodiaghat, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

21 Nos of HDPE Cages of size 3m x 3m x 3.5m depth have been created together with a Cage house (Watchman shed).

Tilapia Project, Vijayawada

Tilapia farm has been developed with a Reservoir pond (0.45 Ha WSA), culture ponds (20 Nos) with a total WSA of 2.97 Ha. A seed production unit (103 Sq.m) & breeding unit (35 Sq.m) have been constructed equipped with FRP tanks & connected with RAS for biosecure operation.

L. vannamei Broodstock Multiplication Centre (TASSPARC), Vishakapatanam

The TASSPARC facility of MPEDA has been modified to create Grow Out blocks (3425 Sq.m) with RCC tanks and constructed a new block (875 Sq.m) equipped with 8 Nos of 50 MT FRP tanks for biosecure operations. All the sections are connected with independent RAS for biosecure operations. Other major infrastructure includes a tyre bath, shower cubicles, ETP etc for biosecure operation.

Broodstock Multiplication Centre, Kanyakumari

The land development works consisting of the compound wall (1939 m), levelling & security sheds have been completed to protect the campus. The works of the sections & other infrastructure shall commence shortly.

Upcoming Projects

Broodstock Multiplication Centre for P. monodon, Kanyakumari

Aquaculture Demonstration Farm, Mahendrapalli, Tamil Nadu 

Multi species Grouper Hatchery, Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Artemia Demonstration farm, Ramanathapuram, Tamil Nadu

Technology Transfer Training Centre (Phase III), Sirkali, Tamil Nadu







The Team

Facility Manager (Works) :    Shri. Aadhavan K Pillai
Facility Manager (Mech) :    Shri. Binod Gharami
Asst Project Managers (Works) :    Shri. A Elamaran
:    Shri. C Elamparithi
:    Shri. R. Rajan
Asst. Facility Managers(Electrical) :    Shri. Dayamay Halder
:    Shri. Feroze Rajan
:    Shri. Arun Babu
Asst. Facility Managers(Civil) :    Shri. Ganeswar Behra


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