CHENNAI: Minister for Fisheries K A Jeyapal on Monday introduced a Bill in the State Assembly for setting up of the Tamil Nadu Fisheries University at Nagapattinam. On September 13, 2011, CM J Jayalalithaa announced that a separate university for the development of fisheries would be set up with a view of introducing modern techniques and enhancing the income of fishermen. The university would cover 85 acres and the estimated cost is Rs 30 crore.
Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tuticorin, Maritech Research and Extension Centre, Tharuvaikulam, Tuticorin district, Fisheries Research and Extension Centre Madhavaram Milk Colony, Chennai, with the existing Madhavaram lake for the expansion of fisheries activities, Fisheries Training and Research Centre at Parakkai, Kanyakumari district, with the existing land, Fisheries Training and Research Component at Thanjavur with the existing land, the Directorate of Research and Extension (Fisheries), Staff Training Institute, Chennai, and Fisheries Institute of Technology and Training (FITT), Chennai, would be merged with the new university. It would offer degrees and diplomas on the following subjects: prawn breeding, mullet breeding, ornamental fish breeding, and maintenance of fishing boat and its equipment among others.