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Dr. K. Madhu

Affiliation at the time of the award: Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute,Ernakulam District, Kochi, Kerala                        Print Version - PDF

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The Award
  • Dr. K. Madhu submitted his nomination in the Agriculture Specialization for VIRA 2016 on November 10, 2016 and the same has been selected for the DISTINGUISHED SCIENTIST Award in the field of Marine Food Fish based on the Expert Committee report and APEX Committee recommendations as per the 'VIRA Process'.
  • The selection has been communicated via a formal letter [F. No.VIF/ANL/RA/2016 (AAP-III)] dated November 12, 2016 to Dr. K. Madhu (Nomination Code-RA16AGNC1924). Subsequently Dr. K. Madhu has given his consent to receive the Award by submitting the registration form on November 18, 2016.
The Presentation
  • Dr. K. Madhu has 'Attended and Participated' in the Annual Research Meet-ARM 2016 (Agenda: Technical Talks, Research Discussions & Award Ceremony, The Venus International Research Awards-VIRA 2016) organized by the CARD of Venus International Foundation on December 3, 2016 at the Le Royal Meridien Chennai.
  • The Distinguished Scientist award-'Certificate, Bronze Medal and Memento' has been bestowed to Dr. K. Madhu in view of recognition of his Initiatives, Discoveries, and Developments in the field of Marine Food Fish by the Guest of Honors of ARM 2016 namely Hon'ble Mr Justice S. K. Krishnan-Judge, Lok Adalat, High Court of Madras, India & Dr. V. Ganesan-Former Asso. Director, IGCAR, Kalapakkam, India, on December 3, 2016 at Le Royal Meridien, Chennai, India.

Note: The Venus International Research Awards-VIRA (is a part of the Annual Research Meet-ARM 2016) 'Celebrating the Creative Minds of World' by proudly recognizing 'Expertly Qualified-Highly Cited Research Professionals' in the age group of 27-62 years who are committed to finding solutions to the daunting challenges. The scheme has a Criteria, Standards, Regulations, Application Form, Expert Committee and Judging Process etc that are governed by the Board of Trust. The VIRA 2016 is convened by the Centre for Advanced Research and Design (CARD) of VIF & conducted in accordance with the VIF BOARD MEETING resolution vide F. No. VIF/MIN/BM-III/2016 held on August 3, 2016 at VIF Head Quarters. The VIRA 2016 invites nominations vide F. No. VIF/CFN/RA/2016 dt. Aug 5, 2016 opened on 8 August 2016 from eligible individuals those are in 'Continuous Regular Service in Research or Academic Institution/Agency'

  • First time in the world marine ornamental fishes Nemateleotris decora (purple fire fish) and Pseudochromis dilectus (Redhead Dottyback) were successfully bred under captivity and their seed production techniques were developed under captivity under his leadership. These two species have very high demand and fetch high market value in the marine ornamental trade in the international and national level. These work have been published in the esteemed journal Aquaculture.
  • Due to various on hand trainings and consultancies, many jobless youngsters have initiated breeding and seed production of marine ornamental fishes and many marine aquarium shops emerged in India. Another major achievement is the success obtained in broodstock development of mangrove red snapper Lutjanus argentimaculatus and consistent breeding, which the first achievement in India.
  • Fish culture in the circular and rectangular cages in the marine and brackishwater areas were demonstrated to many farmers and it became a livelihood option for many poor farmers.
Research and Development Activities

Major Area of Research: Marine Food Fish And Ornamental Fish Breeding, Open Sea Cage Culture, Live Feed Culture And Their Enrichment

Research Interests: Fish Breeding And Seed Production

Current Research Focus: Fish Breeding And Seed Production

  • Currently Dr. K. Madhu is involved in Research & Development Programmes for the development of marine food fish and ornamental fish breeding (Mariculture) technique and their seed production, as seed is the most important requirement for the aquaculture developments in India.
  • Lutjanus argentimaculatus : The mangrove red snapper Lutjanus argentimaculatus belonging to the family Lutjanidae is one of the important candidate species in aquaculture as it can survive in freshwater, brackish and saltwater (inshore and offshore) habitats and grow up to a length of 104 cm with 14.5 kg weight. Apart from this, its popularity as a food fish and high market value contributed to substantial interest for capture based aquaculture in the recent past in India. However its culture is mainly depending on wild collected seeds.
Life and Work
  • Madhu was born on May 01,1964 at Adichanaloor,India. He got Ph.D. from Cochin University of Science and Technology, 1995.
  • Dr. K. Madhu was born and brought up in Adichanalloor, Kollam District of Kerala.He did his schooling and graduation at Kollam After completion of his M .Sc. in Mariculture form CUSAT, Kochi in 1990 and PGDHRD form Chennai in 1993, he joined as scientist upon selection in Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Shillong and also served in Central Agricultural Research Institute (Presently known as Central Island Agricultural Research Institute- CIARI), Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar islands in various capacities.
  • Regarding his family, his wife is Dr. Rema, who is also a Fishery Scientist and work with him shoulder to shoulder. They are blessed with a daughter who spent most of her childhood along with them in the hatchery and laboratory, and presently she is undergoing MBBS degree.During the Past 21+ years of his professional carrier as a scientist in various capacity in the ICAR system, he have dedicated his life for the development of marine ornamental fish breeding and its seed production and marine food fish broodstock development and breeding, live feed culture and cage farming of fishes.

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