Fisheries of India can be broadly classified into two types namely, marine fisheries and inland fisheries. The Fisheries Statistics Section of the Department of Fisheries aims to provide relevant, timely and comparable Fisheries Statistics and is in-charge of collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of the Fisheries Statistics data relating to this sector. At present data on items like fish production, prawn production, fish seed production, disposal of fish catches, preserved and processed items and aquaculture are being collected from State Governments and data related to Human Resource Development in this sector are being collected from the Fisheries Institutes. The data on marine fish production are collected through multistage sample survey conducted by the State Governments. The Methodologies are the Survey for Marine Fisheries developed by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI), Kochi and Inland Fisheries by Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI), Barrack pore, and West Bengal.
Collection, Compilation, analysis and dissemination of the data related to Fisheries Sector from all the States/ UTs and based on it provide the annual publication namely Handbook on Fisheries Statistics.
Coordinate with the Fishery Survey of India and CMFRI for conducting the Fisheries Census in India (both Inland and Marine).
Coordinate with the agencies like National Productivity Council and other renowned institutes for conducting the Study on different aspects in Fisheries sector like demand of Fish, production and productivity level etc.
Matters/ Subjects Handled
All the matters related to Fisheries Statistics are handled by the Statistics Division like Supply the data on Fisheries Sector to the other Ministries/ Department for their release or publication, Handling of all the Parliamentary Questions related to Fisheries Statistics, Develop the methodology to provide the better estimates of indicators related to fisheries sector, Compile the data based on International Organization like Food and Agriculture Organization to compare the Indian Fisheries Statistics with the other countries in the world etc.
Challenges and New Initiatives
There are problems in the flow of data from States/UTs and consequently much delay in the compilation of all-India statistics. To overcome the gap between the flow of data from States/ UTs to centre Statistics Division of the department is working on developing a Fisheries Data Portal with the help of NIC Team, DoF in which data contributor i.e. all the district fisheries officer can submit the data directly through portal.
Official Activities Statistics Division
Handbook on Fisheries Statistics
A yearly publication based on the data submitted by different source agencies
Both Inland and Marine
Quarterly production data
Started from the year 2020-21
Fisheries Data Portal
At the development stage
Data Governance Quality Index
Action Plan completed
Prayas-an online Dashboard of PMO
Action Plan completed
Demand of Fisheries sector and Productivity of the sector
National Fisheries data development plan
Covered all possible data generation of the Department