The Department of Fisheries, Government of Nagaland, is a full-fledged permanent Department headed by a Secretary in the Administrative level and a Director in the Executive level. The Department is responsible for Fishery development in the State through implementation of various State and Central programmes. With the expansion of the Department with time and diversification of Fishery development activities in the State, now, the Department has subsidiary establishments in all the Districts and in some Sub-Divisions. Fishery Department is a technical Department and hence technical personnel having their background in Fishery Science provide the task force of the Department.
The Vision Statement of the Department is to strive towards sustainability in Fisheries by way of practicing sustainable Fisheries and to achieve sustainable fish production for sustainable economic development.
Objectives of the Department:
The prime objective of the Department is to attain level of self-sufficiency in fish production through efficient utilization of available resources, to lay special emphasis on human resource development and to diversify Fishery developmental activities through application of innovative and scientific technologies. It further aims to economically uplift the rural poor, to encourage entrepreneurship and promote investment in Fisheries sector through Public Private Partnership.
Development of Natural water resources and revival of Riverine Fisheries under Pilot project
Systematic exploitation of naturally available resources such as streams, rivers, swamps etc, which are also readily available water bodies, will augment fish production in the state. Development of rivers/streams for fishery activities is expected to create not only natural habitat for rare/endangered species but will also generate awareness for the need to conserve, protect and ban on use of dangerous/hazardous chemicals/gears in our river systems.
Assistance to fishermen under FFDA (Fish Farmers Development Agency)
Under this Centrally Sponsored Scheme, a package of assistance is provided as incentives to promote intensive aquaculture in the state. It also includes setting up of hatchery units by private farmers.
Extension and training
Training and Extension is extended to create awareness and motivate fish farmers of the latest technical know-how of intensive fish farming to enhance fish production in the state. One of the important training programmes which is envisaged under the department is called Comprehensive training of fishermen by live demonstration. This training consists of pre and post management covering a period of three months in each district. Pamphlets, booklets, Training manuals etc. are also published and updated from time to time and distributed to the farmers.
Integrated fish farming
Fish culture along with livestock/paddy is encouraged to augment fish production and to uplift socio-economic status of the rural masses. Common carp fish seed at a stocking density of 7000 per hectare of paddy field are supplied to farmers at subsidized rate during the month of May to July. In certain potential areas where paddy-cum-fish culture can be successfully practiced, the department is proposing to construct permanent embankment to rear fish throughout the year to promote pisciculture and generate additional income for the villagers.
Fish seed production
To boost fish production in the state, the department is producing quality fish seeds from the existing Government farms and also procuring from other agency which are supplied during the period mentioned below:
Common carp – From Feb. to May
IMC (Indian Major Carps) and Exotic carps – From June to July.
it is advisable to release fish seed (fingerlings) in the fishery pond at a density of 10,000 per hectare of water area.
State Plan Scheme:
- Direction and Administration
- Extension and Training
- Development of Natural Water bodies.
- Development of Community-Based Fisheries and water bodies (under RIDF, NABARD)/li>
- Lakes/Reservoirs Fisheries.
- Integrated Fish Farming.
- Paddy-cum-Fish culture.
- Livestock-cum-Fish culture.
- Fish and Fish seed Production.
- Fish Farm construction
- Assistance to Pisciculturist
- Fish Marketing, Research and Quality Control.
- Women Empowerment/Development (Gender Budgeting).
- Survey on Fisheries Resources (Database networking).
- Disaster Management on Fisheries.
Central Plan Scheme/C.S.S.:
- Development of Inland Fisheries Aquaculture (FFDA) (75:25).
- National Scheme of Welfare of Fishermen (75:25).
- National Fisheries Development Board (90:10).
- NEC sponsored schemes (90:10).