Fish Production in the state has been showing an increasing
trend. The estimated fish production in the year 2012-13 is 14.90 lakh
tones and the production is likely to reach a level of 18.50 lakh tones
by the end of the 12th Five year Plan (2016-17)
The Inland fishery resources of Howrah comprising
rivers 107.36 ha and canals/khal (2019.82 ha), impounded fresh water
area including beel & Baor (6006.34 ha) offer enormous scope for
augmenting fish production through capture and culture fishery
- Distribution of fish fingerlings and fishery imput under Social Fishery schemes.
- Distribution of Net and Hundi to fishermen.
- Seed accridation and hatchery registration.
- Distribution of indegenous fish seed to the fishermen under RKVY.
- Input support for back yard pond under RKVY.
- Input support for integrated farming.
- Paddy cum fish culture under RKVY.
For the improvement of socio-economic condition of the
fishing community much emphasis has been given for developing
- Construction of roads in fishermen localities.
- Construction of community hall, tube well, guard wall in fishermen village
- Construction of fishermen dewlling house under Model village scheme, Amar Bari scheme.
- Construction of fishermen house as “Gitanjali’ with convergence of Housing Department.
- Rural electrification as Solar Light in fishermen villages.
Support to the fish venders
Beside aquaculture and capture, a large no of
fishermen are engaged with fish vending both in wholesale and retail
market. Fisheries Dept. tries to support these vendors in different
- Distribution of by cycle with insulated fish vending box to the venders under RKVY.
- Distribution of insulated fish vending box for venders under RKVY.
- Distribution of “Matsyazan” for vending under RKVY.
Technical Support to the fish farmers
For adopting judicious and eco friendly culture
technologies by the farming community some technical support is given
to them from district level as well as block level for developing
sustainable aquaculture. For this the department is already take up to
construct “Block Level Laboratory Cum Training Center” under R.K.V.Y.
for analyzed water and soil quality parameters as and when required.
- Monitoring of Common Fresh Water Fish Diseases and their Control
- Soil and Water Testing Facility.
- Monitoring different cultural scheme under FFDA and others as and when required.
Ornamental or popularly known as aquarium fish culture
has been in practice in some district of the state. Ornamental fishery
has a bright prospect not only in some domestic market but also has
tremendous export potential as well.For Socio-economic upliftment of the
poor fisher-families with special attention to the needy fisher-women
for their self- sufficiency by formation of Women Co-operative
- Distribution of ornamental fish seed , especially to the members of women Fisheries cooperative societies and SHG groups.
- Different projects of ornamental fish culture under NCGC scheme through BENFISH.
- Construction of aquarium fabrication unit, culture unit, ornamental hatchery under NFDB scheme.
Capacity Building and Human Resource Development
Training, extension and research are important
component of fisheries sector through which fishermen and fisherwomen
have been trained at Block and District Level. A State level training
center at Kuliya, Kalyani has been set up for State level training to
fishermen and fisherwomen from Block and District Level.
- Gram Panchayet level grass root training for fishers.
- Block level training for fishers and rural youth
- District level advanced training.
- Training on ornamental fish culture.
- Need based advanced training on Diversification of Aquaculture, Feed Preparation etc.
Efforts have been taken to make the
people/farmer/fishermen aware of the code of conduct for Responsible
Fisheries (CCRF), conservation of bio-diversity, importance of
preservation of wetland etc by organizing meetings/workshops/seminars
- Observance of Wetland on 16th June/Fish Farmers’ Day on 10th July.
- Awareness Programme on Hilsa Fishery – Awareness
generation so as to ban and sale of young juvenile Hilsa fishes and to
impose penalty to the both the catchers and buyers.
- Awareness programme on Diversification of Culture Practices.
- Supply of articles for alternative livelihood for hilsa catchers to support during ban period.
Fishermen welfare schemes
Much emphasis has been given to fishermen community
for poverty alleviation. For this the following welfare schemes for
fishermen community are being implemented.
- Distribution of old age pension to extend
assistance to helpless old-aged fishermen. The scheme started in the
year 1991-92 and still it is ongoing by providing pension at a rate of
Rs 1000/- per month per pensioner in every year.
- Distribution of Bilingual identity card.
- Savings cum relief scheme for sea going fishermen(
only for Shyampure II block).The scheme started in the year 1998-99 for
marine fishermen by providing equal matching grant of their deposits
for the lean period of 4 months.
- Distribution of Bio metric Identity Card for sea
going fishermen( only for Shyampure II block) and Billengual Identity
Card for inland fishermen for proper identification as marine and
Information and Communication Technology
For the development of this sector analysis of the
data is very important. Data Bank has been prepared for management
information services (MIS), ME & MS Wing of this establishment is
engaged in statistical analysis of the data. Besides this ME & MS
Wing is governing the survey, market intelligence, management
information etc. for computation of data and licencing system.
- Complete enumeration of water bodies of Howrah District.
Introduction of Fisheries Acts and Rules
In order to encourage activities related to fisheries
sector and preservation of water bodies in the State, the West Bengal
Inland Fisheries Act, 1984 and West Bengal Inland Fisheries Rule, 1985
has been maintained in the interest of preservation of water bodies and
promotion of Pisciculture. Steps have also been taken during the past
few years for illegal filling up of water bodies.
- Prevention of illegal filling and save wetland.
- Taking legal steps as per existing norms in case of illegal filling.
- Supervision of sustainable capture from natural water bodies.