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Fisheries Research & Information Center (Marine), Bela, Ankola

During the year 2005 the Erst’while Agricultural Research Station of U.A.S., Dharwad, was handed over to the newly established Karnataka Veterinary, Animal and Fisheries Sciences University, Bidar during 2005 and the station was renamed as Marine Fisheries Research and Information Centre.

Location: MFRIC, is located 3 kilometers away towards west of Ankola town bordering the Arabian Sea.

Climate: The annual rainfall varies from 2500 to 3500 mm. The mean rainfall for the past three years is 3000 mm. Major part of the rainfall is received during South west monsoon from May to September.

Soil: The soil of this station consists of sandy clay, loam and clay types. The soils are acidic in nature and contains high salts.

Temperature: Maximum: 34 oC (May) and Minimum: 24 oC (December).


  • Demonstrate improved technologies in brackish water fish/Marine fish and shrimp culture practices to farmers
  • Carry out research on breeding, rearing and health management of brackish water fish/ marine fish and shrimps
  • Provide the service of soil, water testing and disease diagnosis to marine fish/shrimp farmers.


  • Development of technologies for health management in Aquaculture.
  • Providing technical know-how to shrimp farmers of Uttra Kannada coast