Most of the people engaged in the fishery sector, either in the culture or in the capture fisheries are not very sound economically. Initial investment in setting up of a fish pond or a farmattracts for comparatively largefund. Moreover, due to lack of awareness, knowledge and skill on scientific fish culture practices and management, fish production in the state is comparatively low in relation to its potential. Department of Fisheries can play important role in bridging these gaps and contribute for technical backstopping. Due to constant effort of the state as well as central government and growing interest of the farming community during the last few years, fishery sector in the state has reached to a significant position in the state economy. Recently fish farming has been taken by many rural youth and entrepreneurs as a commercial activity. Fish production in the state has reached a level of 3.07 lakh MT during 2016-17 against 1.58 lakh MT during 2000-01.
For overall growth of the sector, the Department functions with the slogan of ‘’Grow More Fish’’ and the following mandates:
o To increase fish and quality fish seed production in the state with optimum utilization of resources.
oImplementation of fishery related schemes of the Government of Assam and Government of India.
o To identify and promote research and studies on fisheries and fishery related areas so that benefit can be disseminated to the grass root level users.
o To collect, compile, analyze and make available adequate / relevant statistical and other information for proper planning to promote fish farming and related industries/ activities.
o To prepare/support in preparation/vet project reports and proposals related to Fisheries and Fishery related industries.
o To provide extension services to fish farmers/ fishermen and fishery entrepreneurs.
The Department has adopted development planning for the fisheries sector as per the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) self sufficiency followed by surplus production for export.