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Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying has released the “Handbook on Fisheries Statistics – 2018”, published by the Department of Fisheries of  Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Government of India.

The Handbook on Fisheries Statistics – 2018

  • It is the 13th edition of the Handbook, which presents useful statistical information for various aspects of Fisheries sector.
  • The last (12th) edition of Handbook was published in 2014.
  • The latest edition provides information on year wise fish production (Marine & Inland) from 1990-91 to 2017-18, trend of fisheries exports, fisheries resources, fishing craft, pattern of per capita fish consumption in different States/UTs, Grass Value Addition (GVA) from fisheries sector and its contribution to total GVA of the Country, fisheries institutes, fishermen population and various schemes implemented for sustained and responsible development of fisheries sector.

Fish Production in India

  • The total fish production of 125.9 lakh tonnes was registered during 2017-18 with a contribution of 89.02 lakh tonnes from inland sector.
  • The total fish production in 2017-18 was 10.14 per cent more than 11.43 mt produced in 2016-17.
  • Inland fisheries, which grew at 14.05 per cent accounted for much of the growth.
  • Marine fisheries production, on the other hand, went up by only 1.73 per cent in 2017-18.
  • India is currently world’s second largest producer of fish after China.
  • India is also world number two in aquaculture production as well as in inland capture fisheries.

Top States

  • Andhra Pradesh, which captured 34.5 lakh tonnes of fish, topped the Indian States, followed by West Bengal which accounted for 17.4 lakh tonnes.
  • Andhra Pradesh has recorded the highest production of inland fish (28.45 lakh tonnes) where as Gujarat is the leading state in Marine fish (7.01 Lakh tonnes) in the country.


  • During 2017-18, the volume of fish and fish products exported was 13,77,243.70 tonnes worth Rs 45,106.90 crore.
  • The export of Marine Fish products has registered growth of 21.35% (Quantity) and 19.11 % (Value) during the year 2017-18.
  • Government had drawn up plans to increase marine exports to ₹1 lakh crore over the next five years.
  • Towards this, the Centre will invest ₹ 25,000 crore in the fisheries sector.

Significance of Fisheries Sector

  • It is a major source of livelihood for over 1.60 Crore people along with double the number in down and upstream.
  • Development of fisheries can ensure nutritional security, food security of India and also provide employment in these regions that are predominately inhabited by rural populace
  • It will play a crucial role in the doubling of farmers’ income.
[Source: The Hindu, PIB]

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