The Department of Fisheries always accords highest priority to improve the living standard of fishers in the State by implementing several welfare schemes. In order to ensure the benefits of welfare schemes reach the beneficiaries in the shortest span of time and in a transparent manner, the Government is crediting the financial assistance being extended under various welfare schemes directly to the Savings bank account of individual beneficiaries through National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT). The details of various welfare Schemes are given below:

  • Special Relief Assistance to Fishermen families during fishing lean period
  • Relief Assistance to Fishermen families during Fishing ban period
  • Tamil Nadu Savings Cum Relief Scheme for Fisher Women
  • National Fishermen Savings-cum-Relief Scheme new
  • Fishermen Group Accident Insurance Scheme
  • Motorisation of Traditional crafts.
  • Setting up of artificial reef
  • Sea Ranching
  • Chank fishery
  • Fishermen Free Housing Scheme
  • Supply of Sea safety equipments
  • Sales Tax exemption on the sale of Diesel Oil used by fishermen
  • Subsidy Assistance of 50% for fishermen towards procurement of Tuna long liners
  • Re-imbursement of Central excise duty on High Speed Diesel Oil supplied to the mechanised fishing boats


Online Registration of Fishing Vessels

For ensuring coastal security, a scheme of "Online registration of fishing vessels" has been introduced and implemented at a cost of Rs.1.33 crore in Tamil Nadu.

Issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to marine fishers
  • i) Marine Fishermen

    The Government of India introduced a Central Sector Scheme for "Issuance of Biometric Identity Cards to marine fishermen" to ensure coastal security in the aftermath of 26.11.2008 Mumbai terrorist attack. A sum of Rs.1.16 crore was allocated for this purpose to Tamil Nadu. Under this scheme, 1,86,512 Biometric ID cards have been distributed to the marine fishermen.

  • ii) Marine Fisherwomen

    The Government have accorded sanction to issue biometric identity cards to marine fisherwomen as well. Under this scheme, 1,62,262 cards have been distributed to the marine fisherwomen.


Imposing seasonal fishing ban, stock enhancement, sea ranching programme, habitat development like installation of artificial reefs and diversified fishing methods are some of the conservation/ stock enhancement measures, being adopted by the Fisheries Department.


The Government through various initiatives with funding support from under Blue Revolution, National Agriculture Development Programme (NADP), National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Special Area Development Programme (SADP), National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) etc., has upgraded the Government fish farm facilities and encouraged the private farmers to create fish seed production and rearing centers. The Government have focussed its attention on development of inland fisheries resources and set a goal to enhance the inland fish production into three times of the present production level at the end of this five year plan under Blue Revolution schemes.

Aquaculture & Brackishwater Fisheries

In Tamil Nadu, an estimated brackish water area of 56,000 ha.is under capture fisheries and an area of 6115.68 ha. is under coastal aquaculture production, mainly shrimp aquaculture. In Tamil Nadu, shrimp farming has grown considerably and has emerged as a major commercial activity owing to the introduction of Specific Pathogen Free (SPF)Shrimp,Litopenaeusvannamei.Shrimp farms and shrimp hatcheries have been registered under the Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA). In order to utilise the untapped coastal fallow lands, the Government have intended to conduct a survey to identify the lands suitable for aquaculture and also to develop aquaculture parks.


Establishment of Fish Processing Parks in Tamil Nadu

In order to develop adequate infrastructure facilities for the promotion of export, the Government announced to establish fish processing parks in 13 coastal towns of Tamil Nadu.

Modernization of Fish Markets

Fish markets are being established /renovated in 19 places with the assistance from NFDB and State Government with modern hygienic facilities for supplying hygienic good quality fish to the consumers thus enable fishers to fetch a fair price for their catch.


Objective of Infrastructure development.
  • Upgradation of infrastructure facilities in the fishery sector like FH/FLCs, cold chain, road connectivity, fish production centres etc.,
  • Providing fisheries infrastructure facilities on par with international standards.

Fishing, Fisheries Infrastructure and Livelihood

The Department is committed to continue a comprehensive development of coastal fishing and Fisheries infrastructure in the State. The Departmenthas got an all-time high amount of Rs.1,104.91 crore in its previous term of five years for infrastructure development. During 2016-17, the Government accorded sanction for Rs.190.93 crore towards infrastructure development. During 2017-18 the Government developed 12 more Fish Landing Centres under CSS, NABARD and NADP assistance at a cost of Rs.119.32 crore and Stabilization works in Kanniyakumari District to a tune of Rs.8.70 crore under State finance and NADP assistance. During 2018-19 under State finance, 3 more Fish Landing Centres in Kanniyakumari District at a cost of Rs.12.00 crore, Ockhi restoration works to the affected Fishing Harbours and Fish Landing Centres to a tune of Rs.20.00 crore, under NADP Additional finger jetty at Chennai Fishing Harbour to a cost of Rs.5.00 crore and Development Fish Farms at Athur and Bhavanisagar at a cost of Rs.1.00 crore each has been taken up.

The Departmentis also taking all measures to strengthen the fishery infrastructure, accelerating rural economic growth by integrating fish culture and allied activities and pursuing all inclusive development of the state.


Maritime Education for Fisher Youth

The Government, with the intention of improving skills and creating employment opportunities to the fisher youth, extends financial assistance to the children of active fishermen families at the rate of Rs.50,000/- per student for undergoing 6 specific courses on Maritime Education notified by the Government.

Fishery Youth Certificate Course

In accordance to the announcement made by the then Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu under rule 110, "Imparting special training to the fisher youth to assist them in joining Indian Navy and Indian Coast Guard as an Employment Opportunity", the Government have sanctioned an amount of Rs.1.04 crore.
The special coaching will be given for 300 fisher youths in 6 batches in one year in collaboration with Indian Coast Guard.

All India Civil Service Pre Coaching to Fishery Youth

The Government have ordered to provide 6 months special Coaching to 20 Fisher youth every year to enable them to excel in competitive exams for joining in the Indian Civil Services. The training is being given by Anna Institute of Management (All India Civil Service Coaching Centre).


Under the World BankfundedCDRRP - Fisheries Management for Sustainable Livelihood- II (FIMSUL-II) project, the following activities are being implemented for improving the socio economic standards of fishers by way of

  • Capacity building and Skill upgradation trainings, providing alternate livelihood assistance for sea weed culture, marine cage culture and bivalve farming, providing VHF sets to the fishermen of traditional fishing crafts and mechanized fishing boats for communication during distress, ensuring their safety at sea while fishing.
  • For better management of marine fisheries resource, Co-management Committees have been formed involving the fishers at Village level, District level and Regional level in all the 13 Coastal districts. The State Level Co-management Committee will be formed. Asset Management Committees have been formed in all fishing harbour / fish landing centres involving local fishermen stakeholders and provided training on hygienic maintenance of fishing harbour / fish landing centre premises. These committees are generating revenue for better management of fishing harbour/fish landing centres and thereby promoting hygiene and ensuring the quality of fresh fish.
  • A new library on green building concept has been established and an e-library is being developed.

To support the livelihood of fisher widows in the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, 12 modern fish kiosk were established in Kancheepuram, Villupuram, Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Ramanathapuram, Thoothukudi, Tirunelveli and Kanniyakumari districts and operated by the fisher widows and they were imparted with training in the preparation of value added fishery product.

Livelihood activities in Fisheries Sector
  • Open Sea cage culture
  • Sea weed culture
  • Ornamental fish culture
  • Development of Handmade ornamental pearl production
  • Tourism and water sports
  • Coastal and Brackishwater fish culture