The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) was established in 2006 as an autonomous organization under the administrative control of the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India to enhance fish production and productivity in the country and to coordinate fishery development in an integrated and holistic manner.


  • Providing focussed attention to fisheries and aquaculture (Production. Processing, Storage, Transport and Marketing)
  • Achieving sustainable management and conservation of natural aquatic resources
  • Applying modern tools of research and development for optimizing production and productivity from fisheries.
  • Providing modern infrastructure mechanisms for effective fisheries management and optimum utilization
  • Training and empower women in the fisheries sector and also generate substantial employment
  • Enhancing the contribution of the fish toward food and nutritional security

Holistic development of the fisheries sector through enhancement of fish production and productivity; to supplement nutritious protein for the growing population; to accelerate the overall economy of the country, besides improving health, economy, exports, employment and tourism in the country.

The National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB) was established in 2006 as an autonomous organization under the administrative control of the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India to enhance fish production and productivity in the country and to coordinate fishery development in an integrated and holistic manner. 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 harbours and fish landing centres, fishing dressing centres 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 Hon'ble Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying. 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 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.

  • To bring activities relating to fisheries and aquaculture for focused attention and professional management.
  • 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 culture fisheries.
  • To achieve sustainable management and conservation of natural aquatic resources including the fish stocks.
  • 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 optimum utilization.
  • To generate substantial employment.
  • To train and empower women in the fisheries sector.
  • To enhance contribute of fish towards food and nutritional security.