Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture, Aquatic Resources & Fishing Harbours


Office of the Assistant Director of Fisheries, Howrah

62/2 Rose Marry Lane, Howrah 711101


Phone/Fax: (033) 26664488

Email: adfhowrah62[at]gmail[dot]com

In West Bengal, Department of Fisheries has a long history since 1911. In Howrah District, the Composite Carp Culture is the main aquaculture practice. The ornamental fish breeding, culture and marketing are also playing pivotal role for earning of many households in the District. Culture of scampi (Galda Chingri) with carp, air breathing fish farming, culture of monosex tilapia, culture of pangas, biofloc fish farming etc. are also practiced in different Blocks of the Districts. As three big rivers namely the Bhagirathi-Hooghly, the Rupnarayan & the Damodar flow through the District, the riverine fisheries is also important. Moreover, a huge nos. of sea going fishermen live in the District.

Structure of the Department:


Schemes Under the Department:

Jol Dhoro Jol Bhoro (JDJB), Big Fish Culture, Moyna Model, Social Fishery, Air Breathing Fish Culture, Ornamental Fish Farming, Biofloc Fish Farming, Distribution Hygienic Insulated Fish Vending Box, Distribution Bi-cycle with Hygienic Insulated Fish Vending Box, Distribution of Cast Net & Hundies, Fishery Training & Awareness, Fishermen Old Age pension etc.

About the Schemes:

  • Jol Dhoro Jol Bhoro (JDJB)-Distribution of IMC fingerlings, lime & fish feed.
  • Big Fish Culture-Distribution of advanced IMC fingerlings (250g size), lime & floating fish feed.
  • Moyna Model- Distribution of advanced fish fingerlings (150g), lime, floating fish feed, drag net, paddle wheel aerator.
  • Social Fishery – Distribution of IMC fingerlings, lime, floating fish feed in small water bodies.
  • Air Breathing Fish Culture- Distribution of singi/magur seed, lime & floating fish feed.
  • Ornamental Fish Farming – Financial support for setting up backyard ornamental fish hatchery & culture unit. 
  • Biofloc Fish Farming- Financial support for biofloc fish farming.
  • Distribution Hygienic Insulated Fish Vending Box – Distribution of same among fish vendors
  • Distribution Bi-cycle with Hygienic Insulated Fish Vending Box- Distribution of same among mobile fish vendors
  • Distribution of Cast Net & Hundies- Distribution of same among fishers.
  • Fishery Training & Awareness- Quality training on modern aquaculture for developing technically sound human resources
  • Fishermen Old Age pension- Financial support @ Rs 1000/month to old & poor fishermen.

Required Eligibility for Applying the Schemes: It varies with schemes. Please meet the Fishery Extension Officer of your Block or Assistant Director of Fisheries of the District for details.

Method of Applying for the Scheme: Through Local Bodies

  • Total Area of Pond – 8549 ha
  • Total Area of River – 1007.36 ha
  • Total Production (2020-21) – 48985 mtTotal Nos. of CFCS – 1
  • Total Nos. of PFCS (Category A) – 12
  • Total Nos. of Carp Hatchery – 5
  • Total Nos. of Ornamental Fish Hatchery & Culture Unit – 550
  • Total Nos. of Fishermen Population – 102783

For Grievance Redressal:

Shri Utpal Kumar Nath, District Fishery Officer (N)

Phone/Fax: (033) 26664488

Email: adfhowrah62[at]gmail[dot]com

Where should we go for solution of any problem/need related to fish farming?

Please meet Fishery Extension Officer of your Block or Assistant Director of Fisheries of your District.

Is there any provision of certified training course on fish farming under Fisheries Department, Govt. of WB?

Yes, there is provision of GP/Block/District/State level 3-5 days certified training course under the Fisheries Department, Govt. of WB.

Is the Fisheries Department, Govt. of West Bengal having the facility for pond soil & water quality analysis?

Yes, it is done in Laboratory-cum-Training Centre of Fisheries Department at Block level. 

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