राजीव गांधी जलकृषि केंद्र

(Aquaculture Technology Incubation Centre of MPEDA)
(Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India)
Affiliated by Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, India.


Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project

Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project of RGCA is located at Kodiyaghat, Port Blair, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. The project was initiated during 2005 and the constructions of NBC facilities were completed during the year 2013. The Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project was inaugurated on 28/02/2014 and full-fledged operation of DTSP was started thereafter.

The Black Tiger Shrimp (Penaeus monodon): Most preferred and tasty Shrimp species
Scientific Classification
Phylum Arthropoda
Subphylum Crustacea
Class Malacostraca
Order Decapoda
Family Penaeidae
Genus Penaeus
Species monodon

Major Objectives

To produce Specific Pathogen Free (SPF) tiger shrimp (Penaeus monodon) broodstocks which are free from all known tiger shrimp diseases which are known / likely to cause mortality / crop loss to shrimp farmers.

To domesticate the SPF tiger shrimp and during the process of domestication efforts shall be made to improve desirable characteristics such as growth rate, fecundity, fertility etc.

To enable the shrimp export industry to comply with norms related to Traceability issues which is a necessity for getting access into many new and also to retain the existing shrimp markets.

Salient features of the Project

RGCA has created world class infrastructure facilities (SQU: Secondary Quarantine Unit & NBC: Nucleus Breeding Centre) that are technologically advanced and with best possible bio-security at Kodiyaghat, South Andaman.

This is the first project of its kind in India and probably the most sophisticated and technologically advanced projects among five Tiger Shrimp domestication programmes across the world.

DTSP has Pre-Primary and Primary Quarantine Unit at Amkunj, Middle Andaman to collect broodstock for initial quarantine for the production of founder families.


The black tiger shrimp broodstock are developed in captivity with high Bio-secured conditions from early larval stage. RGCA-DTSP is the only institute in India has developed SPF broodstock in captivity.

At present, 11th Generation of Tiger Shrimp families are maintaining at NBC. All families are SPF certified by National and International accredited Laboratories.

Here We Are

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Dr. Anup Mandal

Project Director (SB & A)

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D. Thinesh Santhar

Principal Scientific Officer [In charge]

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Dr. M. Shailendar

Senior Scientific Officer

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M. Saravanan

Scientific Officer

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A. Packiaraj

Field Officer

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Dr. B. Srikanth

Principal Scientific Officer

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K. Praveen Raj

Administrative Officer

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D. Silambarasan

Scientific Officer

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G. Elumalai


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S. Nagaraj

Senior Scientific Officer

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CH. Santhosh Kumar

Senior Field Officer

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K.P Sarmal

Scientific Officer

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Binod Gharami

Assistant Project Engineer

Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture
Domestication of Tiger Shrimp Project
Burmanalla, P.o. Gharacharama (Via),  
Port Blair, South Andaman 744 105, 
Andaman And Nicobar Island, INDIA.  
Tel : +91 3192 281331 and 281274  
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