Bhubaneswar: The State recorded an increase in seafood export by 17 per cent and fish production by 18 per cent in 2016-17.
It was revealed at the review meeting of Fisheries and Animal Resource Department taken by Chief Secretary AP Padhi at the State Secretariat on Tuesday. F and ARD Secretary Vishal Gagan presented the updates.
Padhi directed the department for putting modern facilities at the landing harbours and to functionalise all the facilities, including auctioning and trading activities, in the already developed harbours like Dhamara.
He also advised to develop fishery support activities and hatcheries in the harbour region to help more farmers to take up aquaculture.
Padhi also directed to fix Distress Alert Transmitters (DATs) in all motorised boats and put in place appropriate monitoring system of DAT signals in convergence with coast guard.
Gagan appraised that 22,289 fishing boats of different types namely non-motorised, motorised and mechanized, were registered online up to last year. During the current year till 30th September, new 1620 boats were registered. As of now around 93 per cent of the fishing boats have been colour coded.
While the total seafood export during 2015-16 was 35,630 MT, it increased to 41,828 MT during 2016-17, thereby recording an increase of 17 per cent in terms of quantity. In terms of value, the export increased by 23 per cent with a total turnover of around Rs 2,205 crore. Similarly, the total fish production in the State during 2016-17 also increased by 18 per cent with total out of 6.14 lakh MT. Out of this, the inland fish production was around 3,93,730 MT, brackish water production was 67,359 MT and marine fish production was around 1,53,102 MT.