Thrust Areas
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The future thrust of the institute would prominently focus on development of new technologies pertaining to emerging needs of the country in the context of IPR regime. The exploration and documentation of germplasm at species and genetic stock levels will be the mainstay. Further, capacity building will be taken up for exploration of germplasm at genomic levels. In addition to generation of knowledge, importance will be given for utilization of the generated knowledge for conservation efforts.
Exploration programmes for assessment of fish biodiversity in different river basins and biodiversity rich regions, and discovery of new germplasm resources
Development of databases on fish and shellfish genetic resources in the country and also in different river basins and eco-regions.
Population characterization for documenting intra-specific genetic variation
Development of regional live gene banks for ex situ conservation of endemic and threatened fish species
Valuation of genetic resources  
Development and maintenance of germplasm repository
Risk assessment system for decision making and management of exotics
Genetic resources of Indian major carps and their management
Sperm banking for ex situ conservation and aquaculture applications
Genome explorations of important cultivable species
Research programmes on cutting-edge areas like stem cell research, cell line development, surrogate broodstock, functional genomics and mapping of genes etc.
Evaluation of new potential exotics for aquaculture development and assessment of their impacts on indigenous fish fauna
Establishment of aquatic animal disease surveillance system and responding to disease emergencies
Development of molecular diagnostic techniques for important fish pathogens and their management
Research on prophylactic and curative measure for improved health management in aquaculture , with emphasis on diseases of national concern
Capacity building in terms of expertise and necessary infrastructure, in new areas
Human resource development and technology dissemination