The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) was established in 2006 as an autonomous
organization under the administrative control of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying &
Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India to enhance fish production
and productivity in the country and to coordinate fishery development in an integrated and holistic
A wide range of fishery development activities viz., intensive aquaculture in ponds and tanks, culture
based capture fisheries in reservoirs, Coastal Aquaculture, Mariculture, Sea Weed cultivation,
establishment of infrastructure, fishing harbors and fish landing centers, fishing dressing centers and
solar drying of fish, domestic marketing, deep sea fishing and tuna processing, ornamental fisheries,
trout culture, artificial reefs technology upgradation and capacity building of fishermen and fish farmers
are being supported through the State Governments/Implementing agencies. The activities of NFDB are
overseen by a Governing Body under the Chairmanship of the Union Agriculture Minister. The Governing
Body and the Executive Committee consider and decide the activities of the Board and provide periodic
guidance. The Executive committee, with the Secretary in charge of Department of Animal Husbandry,
Dairying and Fisheries as its Chairman, provides the general superintendence, direction and the control
of the affairs and functions of the Board. The NFDB is headed by a Chief Executive.
Indian fisheries and aquaculture is an important sector of food production, providing nutritional security to
the food basket, contributing to the agricultural exports and engaging about fourteen million people in
different activities. With diverse resources ranging from deep seas to lakes in the mountains and more
than 10% of the global biodiversity in terms of fish and shellfish species, the country has shown
continuous and sustained increments in fish production since independence. Constituting about 6.3% of
the global fish production, the sector contributes to 1.1% of the GDP and 5.15% of the agricultural GDP.
The total fish production of 10.07 million metric tonnes presently has nearly 65% contribution from the
inland sector and nearly the same from culture fisheries. Paradigm shifts in terms of increasing
contributions from inland sector and further from aquaculture are significations over the years. With high
growth rates, the different facets of marine fisheries, coastal aquaculture, inland fisheries, freshwater
aquaculture, cold water fisheries to food, health, economy, exports, employment and tourism of the
Development Agencies (FFDAs) and 39 Brackish water Fish Farms Development Agencies (BFDAs) for
promoting freshwater and coastal aquaculture. The annual carp seed production is to the tune of 25
billion and that of shrimp about 12 billion, with increasing diversification in the recent past. Along with
food fish culture, ornamental fish culture and high value fish farming are gaining importance in the recent
past. With over 2.4 lakh fishing crafts operating in the coast, six major fishing harbors, 62 minor fishing
harbors and 1511 landing centers are functioning to cater to the needs of over 3.9 million fisher folk.
Fish and fish products have presently emerged as the largest group in agricultural exports of India, with
10.51 lakh tonnes in terms of quantity and Rs.33,442 crores in value.
This accounts for around 10% of the total exports of the country and nearly 20% of the agricultural
exports. More than 50 different types of fish and shellfish products are exported to 75 countries around
» To bring activities relating to fisheries and aquaculture for focused attention and professional
» To coordinate activities pertaining to fisheries undertaken by different Ministries/Departments in the
Central Government and also coordinate with the State/Union Territory Governments.
» To improve production, processing, storage, transport and marketing of the products of capture and
» To achieve sustainable management and conservation of natural aquatic resources including the fish
» To Apply modern tools of research and development including biotechnology for optimizing production
and productivity from fisheries.
» To provide modern infrastructure mechanisms for fisheries and ensure their effective management and
» To generate substantial employment.
» To train and empower women in the fisheries sector.
» To enhance contribute of fish towards food and nutritional security.
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