The Fisheries Co-operative Societies play a pivotal role in the upliftment of fishermen and fisherwomen in the State. The Department is executing various welfare schemes to fishermen / fisherwomen through Fisheries Co-operative Societies. About 7.17 lakh fishermen / fisherwomen have been enrolled as members of 1,431 Primary Fishermen / Fisherwomen Co-operative Societies / District Co-operative Federation / Apex Co-operative Federation. Fishermen Cooperative Societies are operating 51 full time Fair Price Shops and 15 part time Fair price shops.

Procedure for starting Fisheries Co-Operative Society and procedure for joining as a member in a Society:

  • Any Person in the age group of 18 to 60 who is engaged in fishing activity.
  • The Person should be residing in the area of operation of the society.
  • The person should pay Rs.10/- towards share capital and Rs.1/- as entrance fees in the society
  • The Assistant Director of Fisheries in the circle/District is the Registering authority for the Fishermen / Fisherwomen Co-Operative societies.
  • The Fisherwomen Co-operative society may also be registered in the area where the fishermen society is functioning.
  • The Assistant Director of Fisheries, Marine / Inland in the circle, the Deputy Director (Regional) and Joint Director (Regional) are vested with the powers of functional Registrar (namely the Director of Fisheries for the State.) under the Co-Operative Societies Act and Rules.