The surging demand for fish has necessitated the quest for finding the strategies and ways by which the fish production can be doubled. The projected demand of fish was assumed to be around 13 million tonne (m t) by 2020 against the present production of 10.06 m t (2014-15), coming from inland (65%) and marine sectors (35%). The fish production trends indicated that the marine fisheries sector has reached its plateau even as inland fisheries continue to expand in the last decade. In such scenario, the reservoir has to play a prime role for fisheries enhancement in inland open water of the country. The targeted production has to be achieved by increasing the production and productivity of comparatively under exploited aquatic ecosystems like reservoirs through effective interventions.

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  • About ICAR - CIFRI

    ICAR-CIFRI strives for knowledge-based management of inland open waters for sustainable fisheries, conservation of aquatic biodiversity, integrity of ecological services and to derive social benefits from these waters.   More »

  • Gallery

    A reservoir is an impoundment obstructing the surface flow of a river, stream or any water course.Gallery reflects most of the reservoir images to make the database more prominent to users.    More »

  • Contact-Us

    The Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute(CIFRI) is located at Barrackpore on the eastern bank of River Ganga (Bhagirathi), 20 KM away from Kolkata, the Capital city of West Bengal. Latitude is 22o46' North and Longitude is 88o23' East.   More »

Purpose of Reservoir Database

Reservoirs are the inland open water resources which man-made lake or large freshwater body of water. A reservoir is an impoundment obstructing the surface flow of a river, stream or any water course. It exists in lentic and lotic habitats. All the lentic habitats, such as reservoirs, ponds and lakes, are extremely important as they are endowed with abundance of other natural resources too. Dams are also called artificial lakes. In order to fulfill the various needs of man, dams have been constructed across the rivers so as to form a pool of water on the upstream side of the barrier. These artificial lakes are called water reservoirs. The quality of this reservoir water is not much different from that of a natural lake.The water stored in the reservoir can be used easily not only for water supplies but also for irrigation, hydroelectric power generation and aquaculture. It also enhances the aesthetic as well as ecological value of the area Reservoirs constitute the single largest inland fisheries resource in terms of resource size and production potential.  Read More »

Director's Vission

From nascent and humble start as Fisheries Research Station in March, 1947, and through its metamorphosis into Central Inland Fisheries Research Station and finally as an Institute in 1961, ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute has significant scientific and technological contribution for enabling sustainability of Indian open water fisheries.