Master of Fisheries Science (M.FSc.) in Seafood Safety and Trade is a unique Post Graduate degree course offered by the School of Industrial Fisheries, Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). This course was started with the objective to develop manpower specialised in technical and managerial skills demanded by the seafood industry. This course is approved by UGC as per UGC's letter No., F-14-29(A)/2012/(INNO-ASIST) dt.14/01/2012 under "Innovative Programme – Teaching & Research in Interdisciplinary and Emerging Areas".
The School of Industrial Fisheries was established in 1976 as the Department of Industrial Fisheries under the erstwhile University of Cochin for postgraduate teaching and research on all aspects of fisheries science and technology. Other than the Master of Fisheries Science (M.FSc.) in Seafood Safety and Trade, the School offers M.Sc. Degree in Industrial Fisheries, M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes in fisheries-related disciplines like aquaculture, fishery biology, fishing craft and gear technology, fish-processing technology, fishery economics and fisheries management. The School provides guidance and facility for students to work on any subject of topical interest in the fields indicated above. The alumni of the School are well received by the industry and trade both inside and outside the country. The faculty of the School has so far published four books, 300 research papers, four monographs and book reviews, besides having gained international exposure by visiting overseas institutes in the field.