Aquaculture for Food Security, Poverty Alleviation and Nutrition

Partners - India

The Government of India is cooperating with the AFSPAN project with participation from three agencies:

  • The Coastal Aquaculture Authority (CAA), established under the Coastal Aquaculture Authority Act, 2005, has the main objective of regulating coastal aquaculture activities to ensure sustainable development of coastal areas. One of the major tasks accomplished by the CAA was the registration of shrimp farms. CAA discussed vital issues such as farm/hatchery registration, antibiotic residues in shrimp, standards for probiotics and feed, High Tide Line (HTL) and Inter Tidal areas, Environment Impact Assessment and stocking density.
  • The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DAHDF) is under the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. The Fisheries Division of DAHDF looks after the development of fisheries and aquaculture by developing suitable policies and programmes being a nodal agency. The DAHDF is responsible for matters relating to fishery production, management preservation, protection from disease and improvement of stocks and overall fisheries development. It also looks after all matters pertaining to fishing and fisheries, inland and marine and also for matters relating to the subordinate institutions like National Fisheries Development Board, Coastal Aquaculture Authority, etc.
  • The National Fisheries Development Board is a nodal agency of the Government of India under the administrative control of the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying & Fisheries, Ministry of Agriculture, is aimed at ensuring all-round development of fisheries in the country.

Key personnel

Dr Vishnu Bhat

Dr Vishnu Bhat
Fisheries Development Commissioner
Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries
Ministry of Aquaculture
Government of India

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