Shri Parshottam Rupala,

Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying

Dr Sanjiv Kumar Balyan,

Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying

Dr L. Murugan,

Hon’ble Minister of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying


The Department of Fisheries is one of the two Departments under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying. It came into existence with effect from 05.02.2019 through carving out Fishery Division from the erstwhile Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries vide Cabinet Secretariat’s Notification F.No.1/21/21/2018-Cab dated 05.02.2019.

The Department is under the overall charge of Shri Parshottam Rupala, Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying assisted by two Ministers of State for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying namely Dr. Sanjiv Kumar Balyan and Dr. L Murugan. The administrative Head of the Department is Secretary Fisheries. Secretary Fisheries is assisted by two Joint Secretaries.

The Department is responsible for matters relating to formulation of policy and schemes relating to Development of Inland , Marine and Coastal Fisheries and Fishery Institutes namely Fishery Survey of India (FSI) Mumbai, Central Institute of Fisheries Nautical and Engineering Training (CIFNET), Kerala, Central Institute of Coastal Engineering For Fishery (CICEF), Bangalore, National Institute of Fisheries Post Harvest Technology and Training,(NIFPHATT), Kochi, National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Hyderabad, Coastal Aquaculture Authority, Chennai.

The list of subjects allocated to Department of Fisheries is as under:

    • Development of fish feed and fish products industry with regard to the formulation of the demand and fixation of targets.
    • Promotion and development of Fishing and Fisheries (inland, marine and beyond territorial waters) and its associated activities, including infrastructure development, Marketing, Exports, and institutional arrangements, etc.
    • Welfare of Fishermen and other Fisher-folk and strengthening of their livelihoods.
    • Liaison and cooperation with international organizations in matters relating to fisheries development.
    • Fisheries Statistics.
    • Matters relating to loss of fish stock due to natural calamities.
    • Regulation of fish stock importation, Quarantine and Certification.
    • Fishery Survey of India, Mumbai.
    • Legislation with regard to the Prevention of the extension from one State to another of infectious or contagious diseases or pests affecting fish.
    • Legislation with regard to Pattern of financial assistance to various State Undertakings, Fisheries Development Schemes through State agencies/Co-operative Unions



In the year 1946 Government of India established a pilot project known as Deep Sea Fishing Station with the objective of augmenting food supply trough development of deep-sea fishing.

The project graduated to the status of a survey institute in the year 1974 and was named the Exploratory Fisheries Project.  The Base Offices of the institute known as Offshore Fishing Stations were located in al the maritime states.  Exploratory fishing, charting of fishing grounds, training of fishing operatives and testing commercial possibilities of deep-sea fishing were the programmes assigned to it.

With the declaration of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and consequent changes in priorities in marine fisheries development, there was a growing need for information on resources.  In order to address the emerging needs, the Institute underwent a major structural and functional transformation in 1983.  It was reorganised and upgraded as a National Institute and rechristened as Fishery Survey of India (FSI)

FSI was reorganised and upgraded as a National Institute and was recognised as a Science & Technology Institute in the year 1988.  Consequent to the reorganisation, the Institute has enlarged and upgraded the scope and contents of its functions and activities.

FSI has thus emerged as the nodal fishery Institute in India with the primary responsibility of survey and assessment of fishery resources in the Indian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and adjoining areas for promoting sustainable exploitation and management of the marine fishery resources.

Marine Engineering Division (MED) - Latest addition to the FSI

Marine Engineering Division is the latest addition to the Fishery Survey of India that was transferred from erstwhile IFP (currently NIFPHATT) in the year 2005 having prime land of 3.8 acres and a jetty.  The MED can undertake Maintenance works including dry-docking / underwater repairs of the deep-sea fishing vessels.  The following facilities are available at MED.

  • Slipway Yard - It has the capacity to dock the vessels up to 150 GRT.  The special feature of the slipway is that the vessel can be kept in horizontal position while in the dry-dock.

  • Engineering Workshop - It has the required machinery and equipments like lathe machines, radial drilling machines, plate and pipe bending machines, pneumatic power hammer etc.

  • ILR Servicing Centre - Certified with ISO 9001:2000 and approved by the DG Shipping.

  • Dredging - MED has a grab dredger with a capacity of 40 cubic meter per hour, and also Cutter Suction Dredger.

  • Marine Electronic Section - Marine  Electronic Section of MED undertakes the repair and maintenance of electronic equipments like Echo sounders, Auto Pilot, RADAR, GPS, VHF & AIS etc.

During 2009-10, the Marine Engineering Division's ILR service station has serviced 23 rafts and achieved a revenue of Rs. 7 lakhs.  The work on strengthening of the jetty and construction of fresh water tank is in progress.  MED has fabricated 3 sets of otter boards and supplied to the FSI vessels.  Two Ice crushers fabricated at MED were supplied to LDCL.

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