Odisha Government on 13 August 2015 approved Odisha Fisheries Policy, 2015. The policy aims at increasing the productivity and production of fish from island, brackishwater and marine resources.
The policy was approved at the state cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. The policy targets total fish production of 7.15 lakh tonnes by the end of 2019-20. At present, the state produces 4.13 lakh tonnes of fish.
Highlights of the Odisha Fisheries Policy, 2015
• It wants to increase the inland fish production to about 5.30 lakh tonnes in the next five years from present 2.63 lakh tonnes
• The freshwater fish productivity is aimed to be increased from 2.13 tonnes per hectare to 3.5 tonnes per hectare through extensive farming practices while productivity will be enhanced in semi-intensive and intensive systems to five tonnes and 10 tonnes per hectare respectively.
• As many as 15000 hectares of new ponds and tanks will be developed for freshwater aquaculture in 30 districts by 2020. This development will help to create an additional direct employment for about 60000 people in the state.
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When: 13 August 2015