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Department of Fisheries

Government of Maharashtra, India
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The coastal area of Gujarat, Maharashtra, and Karnataka was included in the Mumbai province before the establishment of the Maharashtra State. In the year 1910 then ICS officer Mr.W.H.Lucas studied Marine Fisheries of Mumbai province except for Sindh area and submitted his report to the Government. This was the maiden notice of fisheries of Maharashtra taken at Government level.

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About the Department

The Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Dairy Development and Fisheries Department is the administrative department. A Minister of Cabinet rank who is assisted by Minister of State heads the Department of Fisheries. Secretary (ADF) heads the executive wing of the Department. Dairy & Fisheries heads the executive wing of the Department. The Field machinery is headed by an officer designated as Commissioner Fisheries.

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1 Mumbai Region 58.54 KB PDF icon Mumbai Region ( Marathi )
2 Pune Region 41.8 KB PDF icon Pune Region ( Marathi )
3 Aurangabad Region 53.34 KB PDF icon Aurangabad Region ( Marathi )
4 Nagapur Region 27.74 KB PDF icon Nagapur Region ( Marathi )
5 Nashik Region 41.44 KB PDF icon Nashik Region ( Marathi )
6 Amarawati Region 53.92 KB PDF icon Amarawati Region ( Marathi )
7 Latur Region 41.44 KB PDF icon Latur Region ( Marathi )

Aims and Objectives

  • Optimize Fish Production.
  • Sustainable Fisheries Development With Ecological Balance.
  • Provide Clean Nutritious Food.
  • Increase Foreign Exchange.
  • Encourage Co-operative Movement.
  • Employment Generation.
  • Uplift Socio-economic Conditions Of Fishermen.
  • Facilitate Technical And Financial Assistance To The Fishermen.
  • Development Of Infrastructure Facilities.
  • Encourage Fish Culture By Providing Incentives To Fishermen.
  • Collection Of Statistical Information, - Fish Catch And Revenue.
  • Modernization By Electronic Gadget.
  • Creation Of Awareness Among The Common People.
  • Ensuring Protection Of Environment And Conservation Of Biodiversity..


  • Fish Production 5.50 Lakhs Metric Tons Per Annum.
  • Contributes About Rs.1500.00 Crores Foreign Exchange.
  • PTM System Strengthened by Providing 103 Trucks/ Tempos, 4 Godowns &14 Ice Factories With Cold Storages.
  • Harbours 3 & Jetties 16.
  • Mechanized Boats 12932 & Non-Mechanised Boats 8586.
  • Under Fisherman Welfare Scheme 1963 Houses, 29 Tube Wells,4 Community Hall For Fishermen.
  • 42 Fish Seed Production Farms Out Of Which 28 Farms Are Established With Circular Hatchery.
  • Optimizing Fish Production In Inland Sector By Quality Fish Seed Stocking Promotion. 26 FFDA & 4 BFDA - Functioning In State.

Milestones of Fisheries

  • The Organization was Established In 1945.
  • Taraporevala Aquarium was Established In 1951.
  • First Seed Farm was Established At Khopoli (Raigad) In 1955.
  • Achieved Success In Induced Breeding Of Indian Major Carps In The Year 1957-58.
  • First Training Center Versova In 1958. Mechanization Of Fishing Crafts Initiated In 1966-67.
  • Fisheries College At Ratnagiri Under Konkan Krishi Vidhyapeeth In 1981.
  • Established 28 Carp Hatcheries In 1991-92.
  • Increased Fish Seed Production By Improved Induced Breeding Using Modern Technology Of Circular Hatchery.
  • Commencement Of Fresh Water Prawn Hatchery At Dapchery In 2007-08.


Marine :
  • Construction of new fishing harbors & strengthening of existing harbors & jetties.
  • Modernization and increase of intermediate crafts.
  • To introduce Mariculture, Oyster culture, Sea ranching.
  • Introduce Tuna long lining fishing (deep sea fishing).

Inland :

  • Optimization of fish seed production of existing farms.
  • Reservoirs Fisheries Development.
  • Training and Extension.
  • Strengthening of marketing infrastructure.
  • Strengthening of Inland Fisheries Statistics & with information networking.

Brackish Water :

  • Enhancement of the existing farms for Brackish Water aquaculture to augment shrimp production.
  • Training of farmers in coastal aquaculture and manpower development.
  • Establishment of new aquaculture farms as per norms of Coastal Aquaculture Authority.
  • The present thrust is to augment the shrimp production through increasing the productivity of existing farms as well as bringing more area under brackish water farming.

National Fisheries Development Board :

  • In all three sectors, the assistance of NFDB is envisaged to take up new programs such as reservoirs fisheries development, deep-sea fishing, tuna long lining, Mariculture, post-harvest technology, training & extension activities, etc.