Department of Fishery

Name of the Officer-in-Charge Sri Priyanjan Das, WBCS (Exe)
Contact Detail Office of the Assistant Director of Fisheries, Howrah, 49, Dobson Road,Howrah - 711101
Phone No./ Fax No.-(033) 2666-4488
E mail:adfhowrah21[at]gmail[dot]com
Name of the Staff
Officers:
  1. Smt. Ambalika Ghosh, Assistant Director of Fisheries, Howrah
  2. Sri Satya Ranjan Mondal, District Fisheries Officer( Training)
  3. Sri Subrata Halder, District Fisheries Officer(Normal)
  4. Sri Tanmoy Mukherjee, District Fisheries Officer( Co-operative)
  5. Sri Amit Dutta , Assistant Fishery Officer
  6. Sri Pijus Kanti Das, Fishery Extension Officer
  7. Smt Sampurna , Assistant Fishery Officer
Office Staff:
  1. Sri Goutam Chattopadhhay, UDC
  2. Smt. Swapna Bhagat, UDC, in Charge of Cash
  3. Smt. Chaiti Bhattacharjee, UDC
  4. Sri Narayan Das, Driver
  5. Sri Montu Chowhan, Office Peon
  6. Sri Sanjeeb Sarkar, Office Peon
  7. Sri Sharamita Chatterjee, Office Peon
  8. Sri Sushil Rajbanshi, Fishermen Attendant
  9. Subal Barman, Night Guard
Staff of Marketing and Survey wing:
  1. Sri Mohan Kar, ICAC
Duties of the Department & Services
  • To promote the sustainable development of inland, coastal and marine capture and culture fisheries and seafood industry.
  • To enhance the contribution of the fisheries sector to food and livelihood security of the people of the State of West Bengal and our nation.
  • To promote a balanced approach to fisheries management based on sound ecological, economic and precautionary principles to ensure that fish populations remain viable, productive and accessible to future generations.
  • To promote public – private partnership in developing, managing, conserving and sharing the fishery resources for the benefit of our society.
  • To create a human resource base for fisheries development and management, through capacity building.
  • To establish aqua related ancillary industries
Administrative Structure (HR) of the Section

The Assistant Director of Fisheries is the nodal authority in district level for planning, development, implementation and promotion of pisciculture by execution of various State and Central Government Schemes and is responsible for extension and training activities. The department has a network administrative as well as technical expertise up to the block level.

Functions in detail & Public Services Provided
  1. Inland Fisheries

    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 practices.

    Public Services

    • 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.
    Infrastructure Facilities

    For the improvement of socio-economic condition of the fishing community much emphasis has been given for developing infrastructural facilities.

    Public Services

    • 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 ways.

    Public Services

    • 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.

    Public Services

    • 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  Fisheries

    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 Societies.

    Public Services

    • 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

    Category-Training

    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.

    Public Services

    (Category-Training)

    • 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.

     (Category-Awareness)

    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 etc.

    Public Services

    • 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.

    Public Services

    • 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 inland fisherpersons.
    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.

    Public Services

    • 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.

    Public Services

    • 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.
Relevant Acts & Guideline
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