The Department of Fisheries is one of the Departments under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. 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 Radha Mohan Singh, Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare assisted by one Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare namely Smt. Krishna Raj. The administrative Head of the Department is Secretary(Fisheries). Secretary of Department is assisted by two Joint Secretaries. (Inland & Marine)
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 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 main thrust area of Department are:-
Expansion of Aquaculture in fresh and Brackish water.
Conservation and sustainable of Marine Fisheries Resources
Promotion of Mariculture, Seaweed Cultivation, Cage Culture, RAS, Ornamental Fisheries, Cold Water Fisheries and Fisheries Trade.
Social security and welfare of fishermen including fisherwomen
Exploitation of Deep Sea fishery resources
Island Fisheries Development
Establishment of the network of Aquatic quarantine
Mapping of water bodies through GIS