Central Institute of Fisheries, Nautical & Engineering Training (CIFNET) was established in 1963 at Kochi to meet the trained manpower needs of ocean going fishing vessels and that of fishing industry by the Government of India and subsequently two units of CIFNET were established at Chennai and Visakhapatnam in 1968 and 1981 respectively for meeting additional requirement of manpower in marine fishing industry. CIFNET is the only National Institute of its kind in the country to meet the training requirements of technical and certified personnel such as Skippers, Mates, Engineers, Engine Drivers of ocean-going fishing vessels as stipulated in the Merchant Shipping(Amendment) Act 1987.