The particulars of its organization, functions and duties

History of establishment of CIFRI

India has vast and varied inland fisheries resources in the form of rivers, estuaries, reservoirs, floodplain wetlands, lakes, ponds, etc. These resources play an important role in fish production of the country, ensuring food and nutritional security as well as employment generation especially in rural areas. Besides, this sector is an important source of livelihood to a sizable section of the country’s rural populace. Recognizing the role of inland fisheries, Government of India established a Central Inland Fisheries Research Station on 17 March 1947 at Kolkata under the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. Latter this research station was elevated to a full-fledged ‘Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute’ in 1959 and it moved to its own building at Barrackpore, West Bengal. In 1967 the institute came under the administrative control of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

Organizational setup

The Headquarters of the Institute is located at Barrackpore, West Bengal. The research and administrative control of its Regional Centers; the Regional Center CIFRI at Allahabad and the Northeastern Regional Center at Guwahati; Research Centers at Vadodara and Bangalore and Research Stations at Kochi and Kolkata are administered from the Headquarters. Under the XI Plan, the research set up of the Institute has been re-structured in to three Research Divisions viz.

  • Reservoir and Wetland Fisheries Division
  • Fisheries Resource and Environmental Management Division
  • Riverine Ecology and Fisheries Division

The research activities under each of these divisions are administered by Heads of Divisions appointed by ICAR. While the Regional Centers are administered by Regional Heads appointed by ICAR and the Research Centers/Stations are being administered by Officers-In-charge. The overall administrative control is with the Director. A pictorial depiction of the organizational structure of the institute is given below.


CIFRI logo


Sustainable fisheries from inland open waters for environmental integrity, livelihood and nutritional security.


Knowledge based management for enhanced fishery, conservation of biodiversity, integrity of ecological services and to derive social benefits from inland open waters.


  • Basic, strategic and applied research for sustainable management of inland open water resources.
  • Develop protocols for productivity enhancement in reservoirs and wetlands and aquatic ecosystems health management.
  • Acts as repository of information on inland open water resources
  • Human resource development through training,education and extension


  • To act as a nodal agency for better appraisal of inland open water resources, their environment management and fisheries development
  • Develop strategies /protocols /management practices for sustainable fisheries of inland open waters
  • Conduct research for increase fish production and productivity increase from inland open waters
  • Assess ecosystem changes and integrity for formulating mitigation/ management plans
  • Create data base for inland fisheries resources for informed planning and management
  • Socio-economic assessment, better governance suggestion, training, awareness generation and capacity building in inland fisheries


  • To undertake basic, strategic and applied research in inland open-water fisheries viz. rivers, reservoirs, lakes, estuaries and associated waters
  • To develop ecosystem-based technology and strategies for productivity enhancement in mandated waters
  • To monitor environmental changes, their impacts on fisheries and developing mitigation action plans in collaboration with other organizations
  • To create awareness, provide training and consultancy in inland open-water fishery management