National Oceanarium


An Oceanarium is a large -scale set-up for display of marine organisms in their natural habitat. Besides being a recreational facility, Oceanariums provide first hand information on (i) marine biodiversity, (ii) behavioural patterns, (iii) feeding mechanisms, (iv) locomotory patterns and provide excellent opportunity to undertake research on various aspects of marine biology. Oceans are rich in flora and fauna which are unknown to common man. Many of the oceanic ecosystems such as the coral reefs, mangroves, seagrass ecosystem, coastal ecosystem, etc are fragile and delicate and needs protection and conservation to maintain them in healthy condition. Community participation is the key in the conservation of these ecosystems.

a) Objectives:

To bring awareness among public, students and researchers on the marine life and the ocean ecosystems and create R&D facilities for specialized research on rare marine life/species for protecting and conserving these resources.

b) Participating Institutions:

  1. National Centre for Antarctic & Ocean Research, Goa
  2. Centre for Marine Living Resources & Ecology, Kochi

c) Implementation Plan:

It is proposed to establish R&D facilities within the Kochi Oceanarium.

It is proposed to establish the National Oceanarium in a suitable site to be allocated by the Government of Goa.

d) Deliverables:

Establishing National Oceanarium& R&D facilities at Goa & Kochi respectively for display of marine organisms in their natural habitat and to undertake research on various aspects of marine biology.

e) Budget Requirement : 580 Crores

(Rs. In crores)

National Oceanarium
Name of the Scheme 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 Total
R&D facilities in Kochi Oceanarium 50.00 60.00 40.00 5.00 5.00 160.00
Setting up of National Oceanarium in Goa 50.00 250.00 90.00 15.00 15.00 420.00
Total 100.00 310.00 130.00 20.00 20.00 580.00


Last Updated On 04/09/2015 - 15:38
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