Shri Basanta Das
Hon'ble Minister of Fisheries,Assam
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   Fishery Sector is considered as an important economic activity in the socio-economic context in the State of Assam.The state is gifted with vast aquaric resources covering about 2.84 lakh ha in addition to the two major river systems viz, the Brahmaputra & the Barak with their tributories.The sector has registered an annual average growth of 6.4 % during the 11th Plan in terms of fish production. Fish production in the State has reached the level of 254 million kg in 2012-13 compared to 190 million kg in 2007-08. The estimated demand of fish is over 325 million kg calculated on the basis of minimum nutritional requirement of 11 Kg per capita. The gap is partially met by incoming fish from other states. Department of Fisheries, Government of Assam has been making a number of positive interventions for sustainable development of the sector and to meet the increasing demand for fish considering the potential of the sector on rural employment, income and livelihood and nutritional security.

Vision

Maximize sustainable production from Fisheries Sector for fulfilling the domestic need of fish, nutritional security & economic prosperity and to become a leading freshwater fish producing state in the country.

Mission

Mission of the Department is to promote, facilitate and secure the long-term development, conservation and utilization of fisheries resources based on responsible fishing practices and environmentally sound management programmes with focus on:

  • Sustainable utilization of the natural fish resources
  • Augmentation of fish production by aquaculture, exploration of new fishing grounds, promotion of low value fishes.
  • Enhancing fish production and productivity
  • Ensuring safe fishing
  • Increasing livelihood opportunities
  • Strengthening social security and welfare  measures for fisher folk
  • Fish resource conservation and management
  • Facilitating improved post harvest practices and value addition with industrial and market linkages.