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The Fisheries Department of Kerala, governed by the Minister for Fisheries, is considered to be one of the most important productive and developmental sectors of the state. About 3 percent of the economy is attributed to  Fisheries. Department of Fisheries was established on 1st November1956.

 

The important duties of the department are:

 

  1. Implementation of the policy of the Government of Kerala for the socio-economic development of fishermen.
  2. Undertaking various production oriented schemes for the development of fisheries sector.
  3. Serving as agency for sustainable fishery and conservation of fish resources.
  4. Extension of fish culture in available water sources.
  5. Protect the interest of fisher folk, fish farmers, fish traders and exporters/consumers.
  6. Ensure disease-free quality shrimp/fish seed to farmers.
  7. Taking steps to assist fishermen and fish farmers to get better returns.
  8. Implementing schemes for increasing infrastructure in the coastal area.
  9. To develop new technologies in fisheries sector.
  10. Implement schemes for upgrading the educational status of the children of fishermen.
  11. Implement schemes for the welfare and upgrade of fishermen.
  12. Taking steps to assist fishermen and fish farmers to get better returns.
  13. Stabilisation of price of shrimp/fish seed.
  14. Development of marketing infrastructure for early marketing of the yield.
  15. Maintenance of hygienic fishing harbours, landing centres and auction halls.
  16. Make simplified rules and procedures and to be vigilant against all malpractices.
Vision
The vision of the department is the upliftment of fishermen. The department of Fisheries is headed by the Director of Fisheries. The Department of Fisheries in the State is structurally organised under the following Executive Officers.
 

Fisheries sector plays a crucial role in the growth of Kerala's economy. The importance of fisheries sector in Kerala is well-known because this sector provides employment and income to more than one million people, either directly or indirectly. It satisfies the protein requirements of a considerable chunk of the underprivileged population and it provides considerable revenue especially in foreign exchange to the exchequer of the State. In India, Kerala occupies the foremost position in marine fish production, accounting for about 20% of the total landings.

 

Kerala with its extensive coastal belt of 590 km, 3600 sq.km. of exclusive economic Zone and an extensive inland water spread of about 4 lakh hectares provides with abundant fish. The total populace of fishermen residing in Kerala is estimated to be 11.114 lakh, which includes 8.55 lakh in the marine sector and 2.55 in the inland sector. Out of this, the number of active fishermen is 2.28 lakh (1.90 lakh in marine sector and 0.42 in the inland sector). Currently, there are 222 fishing villages in the marine and 113 fishery villages in the inland sector, where fishing and related aspects provide livelihood to a vast majority of population. Nearly 12% of the fisher folk eke out their living from allied activities like marketing/repairing nets, fish vending, processing and other activities. Although the fish catches from Kerala coast include more than 300 different species, the commercially important ones are about forty only. Prominent among them are seer fish, pomfret and prawn.
 

Although, Kerala boasts of the highest physical quality of life in the country as measured by human development indicators, it is a fact that the State's fishing community has largely been left out of the general development experience. Traditional fisher folk who had no other employment option suffered and as a community they continued to lag behind the rest of the State in all areas of development. The fishermen community could not be sidelined, as this sector gives the cheapest source of protein to the deprived sections of the society.
 

To change this disparity and to bring them part of the mainstream society, the government and fisheries department has undertaken various projects and programs for increasing production, for conserving and ensuring sustainable exploitation of fish wealth, for promoting cultivation of fish and prawns, for development of fishing harbours and facilities for landing of fish, for strengthening facilities for landing of fish, for strengthening facilities for marketing of fish, and for the uplift and welfare of the fisher folk. Way back in 1988, Kerala set the trend by using an annual fishing closure as a tool in the management of fisheries resources, and several coastal States in India have subsequently followed this route. Ban on monsoon trawling has proved to be an effective measure to conserve the fish resources for the sustainable development of fisheries in the State.
 

 

Organization Structure


Smt. J. Mercykutty Amma
Minister for Fisheries, Harbour Engineering and Cashew Industry
(Fisheries and Harbour Engineering)
Room No. 532,3rd Floor,South Sandwhich Block
Government Secretariat
Thiruvananthapuram
Tel: 0471 - 2333526, 2327495
FAX-0471-2327135
Mob: 9447592200
   
Department of Fisheries and Ports
Smt. Ishita Roy IAS
Principal Secretary
Room No. 380, 388
1st Floor
Main Block, Secretariat 
Ph-0471-2335452, 2518313
Mobile: 8826272707
E-mail: prlsec.fisheries@kerala.gov.in 
   
Shri. Sanjay M. Kaul IAS
Secretary (Ports only)

Room No. 374

Ist Floor

Main Block,

Secretariat

Ph-0471-2333701, 2517011
Fax-0471-2335045

Mobile: 9447011901
E-mail: secy.port@kerala.gov.in

   
Department North Block, Ground Floor,
Government Secretariat
Thiruvananthapuram
   
Director

Shri. S. Venkatesapathy
Directorate of Fisheries
Vikas Bhavan,

Thiruvananthapuram- 33,

Ph: 0471 - 2303160
Mob:9496007020
Email: fishdirvkbn@sancharnet.in ,
fisheriesdirector@gmail.com

   

WEBSITE

www.fisheries.kerala.gov.in

 

Department Sections

1.   Enforcement of Kerala Marine Fisheries Regulation Act for the conservation of fishery wealth.
2.   Sea rescue operation for fishermen who are at danger in sea.
3.   Registration and licensing of fishing vessels/fixed engines/stake nets.
4.   Fisheries technical high schools with boarding facilities for the children of fishermen.
5.   Social Fisheries scheme for stocking fish seeds in rivers and other water bodies.
6.   Stocking of fish seeds in Reservoirs.
7.   Issue of special license for free nets and license for prawn fishing in private waters and paddy fields.
8.   Preparation of fishermen list every year for identifying beneficiaries.
9.   Provides educational concession to the children of fishermen.
10. Provides housing assistance to fishermen under NFWF Housing Scheme.
11. Saving cum relief scheme to provide relief to fishermen during the lean months.
12. Sea ranching for increasing fishery resources.
13. Registration and monitoring of fisheries cooperatives.
14. Matsyafed provides special bus service for fisherwomen vendors.
15. Matsyafed provides input security scheme for compensating the losses due to accident/natural calamities sustained to the fishing implements.

16. Fund Board provides Group Insurance Scheme to insure all active fishermen.
17. Cash awards and scholarships for SSLC and higher education for the children of fishermen and allied workers.
18. Effective extension support for aquaculture in fresh water and brackish water areas.
19. Financial assistance to the dependents of fishermen in case of accidental death while fishing.
20. Financial assistance for the death of the dependent.
21. Old age pension and widow pension to registered fishermen.
22. Financial assistance for the temporary disability due to accident.
23. Financial assistance to the dependents for the death of fishermen for meeting the funeral expense.
24. Financial assistance to registered fishermen for the treatment of fatal diseases.
25. Financial assistance to the wife of fishermen or fisherwomen for maternity care.
26. Financial assistance for the treatment of handicapped and mentally retarded children of fishermen.
27. Training to farmers in shrimp/fish/ornamental fish culture.
28. Financial assistance for motorization of country crafts.
29. Financial assistance for providing suitable components of fishing gear.
30. Production of disease free quality fish seeds/shrimp post larvae for farmers and to control fish seed price in the open market.

Services & Activities

 
1. Establishment of Non Gazetted Officers' of the Fisheries Department
2. Resources Management Cell
3. Administration Report
4. Statistical Cell
5. District Councils.
6. Procurement and maintenence of vehicles in Fisheries Dept, Matsyafed,etc.; Telephone charges and all miscellaneous papers relating to establishment
7. Establishment papers relating to the Gazetted Officers of Fisheries Department
8. All establishment papers of ADAK
9. All establishment papers of Matsyafed
10. All establishment papers of Kerala Fishermen Welfare Fund Board
11. All establishment papers of Kerala Fishermen's Welfare Corporation
12. All establishment papers of Kerala Fisheries Corporation
13. All establishment papers of Kerala Inland Fisheries Development Corporation
14. All establishment papers of Fisheries Advisory Board
15. All establishment papers of Fisheries Technical Advisory Committee
16 All establishment papers of Boat Building Yards
17. All establishment papers of Fisheries Station
18. All establishment papers of Research Cell
19. Marine Enforcement (Deputation cases from Home Dept.)
20. Constitution of Various Committees (Constitution only)
21 Coastal Police Stations
22. Land and Buildings of Fisheries Department
23. Coast Guard Stations.
 
1. Papers relating to Matsyafed, including service stations, other than establishment.
2. NCDC
3. National Backward Classes Financial Development Corporation & National Minority Development Financial Corporation Schemes.
4. Co-operative Societies Act
5. Integrated Pilot Project for Fisheries development
6. All non-establishment miscellaneous papers including proposed Fisheries University.
7. Fishermen Development and Welfare Co-op. Societies
8. Construction work of Fishing Harbours / Fish Landing Centres, Harbour Authority.
9. Collection, entry passes to pedestrians and vehicles into Fishing Harbours.Allotment of Milma Booth, Pan Shop, Telephone Booths, Bunks etc. inside Fishing harbours.
10. Letter of Credit & SDG Proposals relating to Fishing Harbours
. 11. Reimbursement of Central Assistance for the Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
12. Kerala Marine Fishing Regulation Act.
13. Fisheries Stations (other than establishment matters)
14. Deep sea fishing.
15. Artificial Reef and Bankable schemes.
16. Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Project (World Food Programme)
17. Savings-cum-Relief Scheme
18. Special Component Plan
19. Tribal Sub Plan
20. Twenty Point Programme
21. Identity Card to Fishermen (Smart card)
22. Boat mechanisation scheme, Boat registration and Licensing.
23. Compensation and relief assistance to loss of fishing implements.
24. Kerala Fishermen's Welfare Fund Act and Scheme
25. All papers relating to Kerala Fishermen's Welfare Fund Board other than establishment.
26. Papers on Bio Diversity
27. Papers on State Level Bankers' Committee (SLBC)
28. Kerosene and LPG Kit permits to Fishermen.
29. KAVIL – Aqua Technology Park.
30. Debt Relief and Debt Relief Commission.
31. Oceanarium
32. External Aid other than Govt. of India Grant.
33. Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yogna (RKVY)-Fishing harbours.
34. Intelligence Sharing meeting of Coastguard / intelligence Reports.
35. Trawl ban, notification, free ration, hiring of boats for it etc.
36. Matsya Suraksha (Insurance) Scheme.
37. World Trade Organization
38. CESS Act and Rules.
39. Master Plan on Fisheries and Task Forces.
40. ISRO Techniques for sea rescue operations.
 
1. Inland Fisheries Act.
2. Brood Stock Bank.
3. Fish Seed Farms, Fish Farms, Mussle Farming
4. Papers relating to Aquaculture by various agencies, Semi-intensive Prawn Farming, Integrated Fish Farming
5. Social Fisheries
6. Fish Diseases, Fish Mortality
7. Fish Farmers' Development Agency (FFDA)
8. Brackish Water Fish Farmers' Development Agency (BWFFDA)
9. Reservoir Fisheries Project including Indo-German project
10. Reimbursement of Central Assistance related to inland sector
11. Fisheries Policy
12. Social Amenities, Basic Sanitation Scheme, all Housing Schemes including those of National Fishermen Welfare Fund and HUDCO.
13. All Fisheries Roads, buildings, dispensaries and Guide lights.
14. Fisheries Training Centre
15. Fisheries Technical School
16. Ice Plant and Cold storage, Cold Chain Scheme.
17. Processing, Preservation and Marketing, inland Fish Marketing
18. Conversion of Fish into Value Added Products (Trash Fish)
19. Budget papers, Budget Speech
20. Licensing of China Nets / Storage Nets and papers relating to net factories.
21. Educational Concession.
22. Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen (Vanitha Bank), and SAF
23. Matsya Keralam
24. Coastal Management Zone
25. Haritha Theeram
26. Coastal Zone Regulation Act
27. NABARD Assistance Scheme for Roads and Bridges.
28. Tsunami Relief Assistance Scheme (Fisheries Sector).
29. Raslitriya Krishi Vikas Yogna (RKVY) on Fisheries Sector
30. Vidarbha Package for Suicide prone District (Fisheries Sector)
31. Papers relating to Working Group.
32. Plan Review.
33. Agriculture University (Fisheries Sector)
34. All India Aquarium Show / Ornamental Fisheries Exhibition.
35. Coastal Area Development Corporation.
36. Special Economic Zone including Land Acquisition
 
1. LA Interpellations
2. Audit reports, Draft paras, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) papers.
3. Assembly submissions, and all papers relating to various Legislative Assembly Committees including Subject Committee, Official Language Committee etc.
4. Accounts of PSUs/ Agencies / Societies to be tabled in the House.
5. District Collectors' Conference / MPs' Conference
6. Staff Meeting, Monthly Business Statement, Meeting of Chief Secretary with Secretaries to Govt.
7. Consolidation works.
8. Right to information
 
1. Establishment matters of Port Department - All papers relating to Hydrographic Survey Wing and Kerala State Maritime Development Corporation.
2. All papers relating to Harbour Engineering Department (Other than papers relating to Fisheries Department), Miscellaneous papers of this Section.
 
All papers relating to ports Department except establishment papers.

Schemes & Programmes

 
Objective : To provide shelter to poor fisher family
Components : Construction of a house building of 35 sq. meter plinth area
Beneficiary selection : By a committee under the Chairmanship of District Collector
Procedure : Application to be submitted by active Fishermen of BPL category having no house and having at least 1.5 cents of land and age between 18 to 60 years
Whom to contact : Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : Grant of Rs 50000/- in two instalments of Rs 20000 each
Application form : Available with the Matsyabhavan officer/down load from website
 
 
Objective : To provide educational concession to the children of registered Non-Hindu fishermen
Components : Lumpsum grant, hostel fee, stipend, tuition fee, pocket money etc.
Beneficiaries : Children of registered Non-Hindu fishermen
Procedure : The Institution has to forward the Bill to the District Fisheries Officer
Whom to contact : District Fisheries Officer/Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : Rate as per G.O. of SC/ST Department
Application form : Available with the District Office/Matsyabhavan Officer/down load from website
 
 
Objective : To promote thrift habit and to extend relief during lean period
Components : Collection of contribution from fishermen and distribution of double the amount during lean period
Beneficiaries : Registered fishermen (marine and inland)
Procedure : Marine – Rs 75/- per month to be paid for 8 months. An amount of Rs 300/- paid back per month for the remaining 4 months
Inland - Rs 50/- per month to be paid for 9 months. An amount of Rs 300/- paid back per month for the remaining 3 months
Whom to contact : District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : 50% by the beneficiary 25% by State Government and 25% by Government of India
Application form : Available with the District Office / Matsyabhavan Officer/down load from website
 
 
Objective : 1.To diversify aquaculture for enhancing fish production from inland freshwater/brackish water areas
2.To increase inland fish production
3.To create new employment opportunities in rural areas through the development of inland and brackish water aquaculture.
4.To increase export of fish and fish Products
5.To increase the per capita availability of Fish
6.To develop a well designed marketing system for aquaculture products
7.To create new employment opportunities through value addition of aquaculture products
Components: 1. Programmes for diversification of freshwater and brackish water aquaculture in inland fisheries
2. Programmes for the development of infrastructure in inland fisheries
3. Programmes for the development of extension and training
4. Programmes for marketing support
Beneficiaries : Individual farmers / Farmers groups / Co-operatives / Local Bodies / Owners of holy ponds / NGOs and other Departments having water bodies
Procedure : A Committee headed by the President of the Local Body, Matsyabhavan Officer, Co-ordinator (Aquaculture), Chairman Standing Committee of local bodies and Secretary Local Body will select the beneficiaries.
Whom to contact : District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer/Local Bodies/Fish Farmer's Club
Details of assistance : Suitable farmers for fish culture will be prepared for fish/ shrimp culture. Good quality fish/shrimp seeds will be made available for stocking. Reclamation/renovation subsidy, input subsidy will also be provided to farmers.
Application form : Available with the District Office / SAF / Matsyabhavan Officer/down load from website
 
 
Objective : To provide Insurance coverage to traditional fishing implements
Components : Crafts and engines
Beneficiaries : Registered Traditional fishermen
Procedure : Premium to be paid is 1.8% of the unit cost (agreed value). Only 25% of the premium need be paid. Assured amount is 75% of the agreed value for total loss or constructive total loss (CTL) 75% of the repair cost is given if the repair cost exceeds 50% of the agreed value
Whom to contact : Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer/Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : 75% of the premium met by Government of Kerala
Application form : Available with the Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
 
 
Objective : To provide an amount of Rs 200/-per month as old age pension and widow pension
Components : Old-age pension and widow pension
Beneficiaries : Registered fishermen/widows of fishermen
Procedure : An amount of Rs 200 per month provided to registered active fishermen above Sixty years and to widows of registered fishermen
Whom to contact : Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer/Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : As grant from Government of Kerala
Application form : Available with the Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
 
 
Objective : To provide insurance coverage to active fishermen for death while at fishing
Components : Accidental death/heart attack while at Fishing
Beneficiaries : Registered active fishermen
Procedure : All active fishermen are insured. An amount of Rs 100000 is given to the immediate relative of the deceased
Whom to contact : Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : Premium met by Government of Kerala and Government of India
Application form : Available with the Matsya Board Officer / District Fisheries Officer /Matsyabhavan Officer
 
 
Objective : To provide insurance coverage to allied workers for accidental death
Components : Accidental death
Beneficiaries : Allied workers
Procedure : All allied workers registered in matsya Board is insured. An amount of Rs 100000 is given to the
immediate relative of the deceased
Whom to contact : Matsya Board Officer/District Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
Details of assistance : Premium met by Government of Kerala
Application form : Available with the Matsya Board Officer / District Fisheries Officer / Fisheries Officer / Matsyabhavan Officer
 
 
Objective : To provide assistance for changing OBM
Components : A maximum of Rs 10000/- as subsidy for the purchase of Out Board Engine
Beneficiaries : Members of co-operative societies affiliated to Matsyafed
Procedure : A maximum of Rs 10000 is provided as subsidy to traditional fishermen for changing the old out board motor with new one through Matsyafed.
Whom to contact : Matsyafed office/District Matsyafed Officer
Details of assistance : By Government of Kerala
Application form : Available with the Matsyafed office/District Matsyafed Officer
 
 
Objective : To provide assistance for the purchase of fishing nets
Components : A maximum of Rs 6000/- is given as subsidy
Beneficiaries : Members of co-operative societies affiliated to Matsyafed
Procedure : It is an one time subsidy for purchasing fishing nets. The beneficiaries are owners of crafts fitted with engines below 10 HP
Whom to contact : Matsyafed office/District Matsyafed Officer
Details of assistance : By Government of Kerala and Government of India
Application form : Available with the Matsyafed office / District Matsyafed Officer
 
 
Details of other Schemes include:

Contact Us

Department of Fisheries, Secretariat, Thiruvananthapuram

 

Designation

Tel. No.

Fax

Joint Secretary

0471-2518458

0471-2327516

Under Secretary

0471-2518733

 

Under Secretary

0471-2517244

 

 

Department of Fisheries Headquarters

 

 Designation

Tel. No.

Fax

Director of Fisheries

0471-2303160

0471-2304355

Additional Director of Fisheries

0471-2304598

0471-2304598

Joint Director of Fisheries

0471-2304348

 

 

South Zone (Thiruvananthapuram)

 

Joint Director of Fisheries , Thiruvananthapuram.

0471-2450351

 

471-2450351

Deputy Director, District Officer, Thiruvananthapuram.

0471-2450773

0471-2464076

 

Central Zone (Ernakulam)

 

Assistant Director of fisheries, District Officer,
Idukki

04869-222326

04869-222326

Deputy Director (Zonal), Ernakulam

0484-2394476

0484-2394476

 

North zone (Kozhikode)

 

Joint Director of Fisheries , Kozhikode

0495-2380005

0495-2380005

Deputy Director of Fisheries, District Officer, Malappuram.

0494-2666428

0494-2666428

 

 

Project Director, NIFAM,Ernakulam
National Institute of Fisheries Administration & Management (NIFAM), Ernakulam

0484-2061113

0484-2607643

 

 

Executive Director, 
State Fisheries Resource Management Society (FIRMA), Thiruvananthapuram

0471-2574667

0471-2574667

 

 

Executive Director
Agency for Development of Aquaculture, Kerala (ADAK) Thiruvananthapuram

0471-2322410

0471-2330653

 

Kerala Fishermen's Welfare Fund Board, Thrissur

Chairman

0471-2457756

9526041001

0471-245775

Commissioner

0487-2383053

9446430888

0487-2383053

Joint Commissioner

0487-2383088

9446232691

 

Secretary

0487-2383088

 

 

 

 

Executive Director
Society for Assistance to Fisherwomen,Ernakulam

0484-2607643

0484-2607643

 

 

 

Chairman
Kerala State Co -Operative federation for Fisheries Development (MATSYAFED)

0471-2457756

0471-245775

 

 

 

Managing Director
Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation

0471-2321520

 

General Manager
Kerala State Coastal Area Development Corporation

0471-2321520

 

 


 

No.

Department Sections.

Phone No.

1.

Fisheries & Ports (A) Department

0471- 2518618

2.

Fisheries & Ports (B) Department

0471-2517192

3.

Fisheries & Ports (C) Department

0471-251 8217

4.

Fisheries & Ports (PS) Department

0471-2517156

4.

Fisheries & Ports (D) Department

0471- 2518587

4.

Fisheries & Ports (E) Department

0471-251 8018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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