• Departmental profile

    West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Science (WBUAFS) have been created with its Head Quarters at Belgachia, Kolkata by promulgating an ordinance on 30th December 1994. Faculty of Fishery Science has been initiated in the University I January 1995.At present eight departments are functioning at full fledge.

    The Department of Fishery Engineering is equipped with well-established laboratory facilities and models for conducting practical classes in fishing gear fabrication, design, and repairs, their operation. Design and construction details of different fishing crafts, seamanship practice, basic chart work, navigation and harbour management are included besides, survey, construction, and designing of fish farms and sluice gates etc. It also possesses good practical facilities for marine and refrigeration engineering courses.

    The students of undergraduates under this Department are imparting the knowledge in design, fabrication, and mending of different fishing gears and crafts. The Department had earlier was also offered the courses for M.F.Sc (Fish Processing Technology) programme from 1999-2000 to 2009-2010.

    With increasing outlay in the successive five-year Plans, Indian fisheries is consistently expanding, In the meantime, the various developmental plans formulated by the Government in the Fisheries aims at increasing the fish production of the country. Inter alia, it aims to increase the standard of living and per capita income of the fishermen who depend on fishing for their livelihood. The fishing industry is becoming sophisticated day by day. Fishermen will be at a disadvantage if they are left unaware of the developments of improved technology. Therefore, higher education in this sector plays a vital role in educating and upgrading their knowledge to impart self-confidence among them for handling any situation. The department has started PG programme in Fisheries Engineering and Technology in 2015-16 with intake of two (2) candidates

    Fisheries Engineering and Technology is a course being offered at the Masters level to train postgraduates with the knowledge and skills necessary to design, manage and maintain the fishing gear and craft since 2015-16 which are vital components in the fishing industry.

    OBJECTIVES:

    • To offer undergraduate and postgraduate courses related to fishery engineering.
    • To impart need based contemporary knowledge for developing the necessary skills in Fishing Technology, Gear and Craft Engineering, equipment used on a broad vessel, and Aquaculture Engineering.
    • To carry out need-based applied research work in the fishing sector and fish farm engineering.
    • To transfer the technologies generated by research work to the fishermen/fish farmers and the entrepreneur through an extension programme.
  • Faculty Member

    Faculty: Faculty of Fishery Sciences
    Head of the Department. : Dr. N.A. Talwar

    DR. N.A. TALWAR

    Qualification : M.F.Sc. & Ph.D.
    Designation : Professor
    Phone : 9433159676
    Mail ID: natalwar@gmail.com

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  • Course

    Course offered:

    Undergraduate Programme
    Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
    FEG-211 Aquaculture Engineering 2+1
    FEG-222 Navigation and Seamanship 1+1
    FEG-223 Fishing Craft Technology and Marine Engines 2+1
    FEG-314 Fishing and Gear Technology 2+2
    FEG-315 Refrigeration and Equipment Engineering 1+1
    Post-graduate programme
    Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
    FET-501 Advanced Fishing Gear Technology 2+1
    FET-502 Advanced Fishing Craft Technology 2+1
    FET-503 Responsible Fishing 2+1
    FET-504 Refrigeration and Electrical Engineering 2+1
    Major Optional Courses
    Course No. Course Title Credit Hours
    FET-505 Marine Engineering 1+1
    FET-506 Aquaculture Engineering 1+1
    FET-507 Engineering Graphics 0+1
    FET-508 Fishing Harbour and Fleet Management 1+1
    FET-509 Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control 1+1
    FET-510 Sea Safety and Disaster Management 1+1
    FET-511 Fish Processing Machinery 1+1
    FET-512 Acoustics, Navigation and Seamanship 1+1
  • Project Completed / ongoing

    Completed
    Sl.No. Title Name of PI Period Funding Agency Budget (Rs. in lakhs)
    1 Research and development of Eco-Winter Migratory Bagnet (EWMBN) for sustainable fisheries of Hooghly Matlah estuary in W. Bengal. Dr. N.A. Talwar 2010 – 2013 DST (SERC div.) Govt. of India 16.09
  • Major Outcomes of the Projects

    Project Name: Research and development of Eco-Winter Migratory Bagnet (EWMBN) for sustainable fisheries of Hooghly Matlah estuary in W. Bengal.

    The research was conducted to investigate the catching efficiency of newly designed and fabricated eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) and Conventional net in terms of minimizing the catch of juveniles, undersized fish resources and size selectivity for sustainable fisheries of Hooghly–Matlah Estuary.

    1. The catch rates of Conventional winter migratory bag net (CWMBN) were 1.36 times more than eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN)with average catch rates of 96.90 kg/In other words, total catch per haul was apparently found to be poorer in eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) during the investigation with average catch rates of 71.76 kg/haul.
    2. The catch rates of commercially valuable species constituted a higher percentage of the total catch of 87.237% in newly designed and fabricated eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) when compared to Conventional winter migratory bag net (CWMBN) (71.99%).
    3. The newly designed and fabricated eco-winter migratory bag net recorded a higher percentage of commercial species to the tune of 121% compared to that of Conventional winter migratory bag net during the investigation.
    4. In shellfish group, two species, namely Metapenaeus spp and Penaeus spp is marine shrimps and other two namely Macrobrachium lamerri and mirable are freshwater forms.
    5. Percentage composition of finfish group was higher in newly designed eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) (61.31%) than of Conventional one (54.059%) during the study. Hence, the percentage composition of finfish group catch in newly designed and fabricated eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) was almost 1.13 to 1.16 times more than in Conventional one.
    6. Newly designed and fabricated eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN)) had a higher percentage composition of shellfish group than the Conventional net (CWMBN) even though the average catch rate of EWMBN was less than that of CWMBN.
    7. The average By-catch rate of Conventional winter migratory bag net was found to be 27.13 kg per haul which is almost 2.89 times higher than the eco-winter migratory bag net which has by-catch rate only 9.37 kg per haul during the sampling.
    8. The eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) invariably caught less number of juveniles, undersized finfishes and shellfishes when compared to Conventional winter migratory bag net (CWMBN)
    9. The eco-winter migratory bag net found to catch a maximum number of fully grown Croakers and Threadfins than the Conventional one. Thus, developed eco-winter migratory bag net had better selection properties for Croakers and Threadfins.
    10. The L50% of eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) was found to be better than Conventional one for Bombay duck, Indian Whitings, Ribbonfishes, Pomfrets and jella, but both jals were caught only younger fishes.
    11. Both eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) and Conventional winter migratory bag net (CWMBN) were found to catch fully-grown shads with higher quantity in the former throughout the entire period of study.
    12. The L50% (50% of retention length) of Wolf herrings, Setipinna phasa, Coilia Pangasius pangasius, and O militoris were more at eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) when compared to Conventional winter migratory bag net (CWMBN).

    The Eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) found to catch larger size shrimps of Metapenaeus spp. and Penaeus spp than the Conventional one. Thus, developed eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) had better selection properties for Metapenaeus spp and Penaeus spp. The L50% of eco-winter migratory bag net was found to be better than Conventional winter migratory bag net for Macrobrachium lamerri and M. mirable. Thus, eco-winter migratory bag net (EWMBN) had better selection properties for Macrobrachium lamerri and M. mirable