The National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR) was established in
December 1983 in a rented premises at Allahabad under the aegis of Indian
Council of Agricultural Research to undertake research related to the
conservation of fish germplasm resources of the country. The Bureau’s permanent
infrastructure was developed at Canal Ring Road, Telibagh, Lucknow, U.P in 1999
comprising an administrative block, laboratories, farm and residential complex
covering an area of 52 acres. The Institute's vision is assessment and
conservation of fish genetic resources for intellectual property protection,
sustainable utilization and posterity.
The mandate of the Institute includes collection, classification and cataloguing
of fish genetic resources of the country, maintenance and preservation of fish
genetic material for conservation of endangered fish species and evaluation and
valuation of indigenous and exotic fish species. The Bureau has a well developed
air-conditioned library with more than 6950 books. The library subscribes 27
foreign and 68 Indian journals. The library is equipped with the LIBSYS Library
Automations software for automation of different jobs of the library. The NBFGR
has a fully equipped AKMU which provides round the clock Internet facility to
all scientists and sections at their work place. The Institute has a well
furnished air conditioned auditorium and a committee room. The Bureau has
created excellent infrastructure and expertise in several research areas
including development of fish databases, genetic characterization, gene banks,
fish germplasm and habitat inventory, risks analysis of exotic species,
diagnostics for OIE notified pathogens, aquatic microbes and other areas of
germplasm conservation with special focus on threatened, prioritized and exotic
The NBFGR is an ISO 9001: 2008 certified organization and has been awarded with
the Sardar Patel Best Institute Award for the year 2011 by the ICAR, New Delhi.
The Institute has also established ‘Ganga Aquarium’, one of the largest and
magnificent public aquariums in the country which is serving as a great source
of spreading public awareness and education about fish diversity of the country.
The Ganga Aquarium has been awarded with the ISO 14001:2004 and 9001:2008
certificates for maintaining environmental policy and quality management.
The Institute also undertakes capacity development programmes for various
stakeholders including researchers, fish farmers, state fisheries department
officials and students.