Dr. Achamveetil Gopalakrishnan

Born in Tripunithura, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India on 05 July 1962. Educated in St.Joseph's Convent & Govt. Sanskrit High School, Tripunithura, 1967-1977; Maharaja's College, Ernakulam, 1977-1984; B.Sc. 1982; M.Sc. 1984; Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kochi, Ph.D. 1991.

Director, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi, Kerala, 2013 to date.

Scientist, National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow/Allahabad, 1989-94; Scientist (Sr. Scale), NBFGR, Lucknow, 1994-1998; Senior Scientist & Officer-in-Charge, NBFGR Kochi Unit, Kochi, 1998-2006 and Principal Scientist & Officer-in-Charge, NBFGR Kochi Research Centre, Kochi, 2006-13.

Awards/Honours: Chairman, Committee for framing a National Mariculture Policy for Govt. of India by the National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad (from June 2018 till date); Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) Gold Medal Award, 2016; VASVIK Award Winner (2020) in the Agriculture Science & Technology Category; Chairman, Asian Fisheries Society Indian Branch (AFSIB), Mangalore (May 2022 onwards); Vice Chairman, AFSIB (2014 - 2022); Member, Executive Council, Asian Fisheries Society (AFS), Malaysia (2016-2022); Member, Committee to draft National Fisheries Policy (2020) and National Marine Fisheries Policy (2015-`16) - Govt. of India; Member, Working group (Fisheries, Aquaculture and Fish Processing) - National Blue Economy and Sustainable Development Policy of the Economic Advisory Council (EAC) to the Prime Minister (PM), Govt of India (2019); Member, Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee (RDAC), Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, (2020-2023); Member, BIRAC Area Review Panel (ARP- Aquaculture) for investment schemes (Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, 2019-2023); Member, Governing Body, National Institute of Animal Biotechnology (NIAB), Hyderabad (2021-2024); Member, Scientific Panel, Genetically Modified Food (2023-’26), Fish & Fishery Products, Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) (2021-23); Member, Evaluation of Schemes implemented during 14th Finance Commission (Department of Biotechnology, Govt of India, 2019-`20); Member, Task Force on Agricultural Insurance [Sub component-Livestock and Aquaculture], NITI Aayog, Govt of India (2017); President, Marine Biological Association of India, Kochi (2013 onwards); Member, Editorial Board - Indian Journal of Animal Sciences (2013 onwards), Indian Journal of Fisheries (2013 onwards); & Indian Journal of Geo-Marine Sciences (IJMS) of CSIR (2019 onwards); Managing Editor - Indian Journal of Fisheries (2013 onwards); Member, Task Force Committee on Aquaculture and Marine Biotechnology, Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India (2013-2015 & 2017-2020); Member, Governing Council, Kerala University of Fisheries & Ocean Studies (KUFOS), Kochi (2016 onwards) & Kerala Agricultural University (2022 onwards); Member - Board of Management, Kerala Veterinary & Animal Sciences University (KVASU) (2014-2017); Chairman, Technical Committee (TC) to Review the Duration of the Fishing Ban Period, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India, 2013 & 2019, Govt. of India; Member, Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB), Govt. of Kerala (2008-2012 and 2002 - 2005); DBT-CREST Award, Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India (Field - Population genomics & transcriptomics in fish) 2013; Asian Fisheries Society (AFS) Merit Award, 2011; NBFGR Best Scientist Award 2008-09; Dr. V.G. Jhingran Swaran Padak, 1992 (Team Member) by the Nature Conservators; Senior Scientist Award, 1992 by NATCON.

Research Areas: Fish Conservation Genetics; Population Genomics; DNA Barcoding; Fish Reproduction

Address: Director, ICAR-Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), P.B. No. 1603, P.O. Ernakulam North, Kochi 682018, Kerala; "Pranavam", Opp: Sanskrit College, Tripunithura P.O., Kochi 682301, Kerala; [Tel: Off. (0484) 2394798; Res. (0484) 2776015; Cell: 9847115515; Fax: (0484) 2394909; Email: agopalkochi@gmail.com; director.cmfri@icar.gov.in]