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National Policy on Marine Fisheries 2017

This topic provides information about National Policy on Marine Fisheries, 2017.

In April 2017, Government of India has notified the 'National Policy on Marine Fisheries, 2017' (NPMF), which provides guidance for promoting 'Blue Growth Initiative' which focus on ushering 'Blue Revolution' (NeeliKranti) by sustainable utilization of fisheries wealth from the marine and other aquatic resources of the country for improving the lives and livelihoods of fishermen and their families.

Marine wealth of India

  1. India has an xclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of 2.02 million sq.km, a long coastline of 8,118 km and two major groups of Islands, with rich and diverse marine living resources.
  2. Marine fisheries wealth is estimated at an annual harvestable potential of 4.412 million metric tonnes.
  3. An estimated 4.0 million people depend for their livelihoods on the marine fisheries resources.
  4. The marine fisheries contribute to an economic wealth valued at about Rs. 65,000 crores.
  5. Marine fisheries of the country are highly diverse but predominantly comprising small - scale and artisanal fishers.


A healthy and vibrant marine fisheries sector tha t meets the needs of the present and future generations.


While keeping sustainability of the resources at the core of all actions, the policy framework will meet the national, social and economic goals, livelihood sustainability and socio-economic upliftment of the fisher community and is intended to guide the coordination and management of marine fisheries in the country during the next ten years.


The overall strategy of the NPMF, 2017 is based on seven pillars, namely sustainable development, socio - economic upliftment of fishers, principle of subsidiarity, partnership, inter-generational equity, gender justice and precautionary approach. These seven pillars will guide the actions of various stakeholders in meeting the vision and mission set for the marine fisheries sector of the country.

To read the full policy document, click here.

Source : Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries

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