Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery (CICEF)

i. Introduction

The Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery (CICEF), located at Bangalore, is a subordinate office under the Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, Government of India dealing with the development of fishery harbours and brackish water shrimp farms in the country. The Institute was established in January 1968 as Pre-investment Survey of Fishing Harbours by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India in collaboration with Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO/UN). The primary objective of establishing this institute was to carry out engineering and economic investigations and prepare techno-economic feasibility reports for the development of fishery harbours at suitable sites along the Indian coasts and to provide fishery harbour facilities to mechanized fishing vessels (MFV’s). After the cessation of the FAO/UN assistance, the institute received technical assistance in the form of equipment and expert consultancy services from Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) for a period of two years from January 1974. In August 1983, it was renamed as Central Institute of Coastal Engineering for Fishery with additional task of development of brackish water shrimp farms in the country.

ii. Mandate

The objectives of this Institute in respect of development of fishery harbours and brackishwater shrimp farms are as follows:

a) Fishery Harbours:

To carry out reconnaissance surveys/pre-feasibility studies to identify priority sites for development of fishery harbours and follow it up by detailed engineering and economic investigations and prepare techno-economic feasibility reports.

To prepare preliminary construction plans and supporting facilities, cost estimates etc. for fishery harbours.

To give technical advice on engineering and economic aspects wherever required for the development of fishery harbours and fish landing centres.

To monitor the progress of construction of ongoing fishery harbours sanctioned under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme in association with the Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture.

b) Brackishwater Shrimp Farms

To conduct economic and engineering investigations, prepare suitable engineering designs for farms and prepare techno-economic feasibility reports.