The Fishery Improvement Programme (FIP) launched by the Indian Fish Meal and Fish Oil Exporters Association (IFAFEA) aims at addressing all environmental challenges facing a fishery. The small pelagic fishery of India is spread all along the west coast and south east coast and is subject to fishing efforts of various gears, mostly seines operated from shore and small mechanized vessels, subject to fishery regulations existing in the respective maritime states. The present effort is to carry out a FIP for the small pelagics mostly comprising the Indian Oil Sardine and to a very small extent the Indian mackerel, anchovies, lesser sardines distributed in the coastal waters. A healthy and well managed fishery will be sustainable and will continue to contribute to the livelihoods, employment opportunities and economic gains to all stake holders. Read More


There are a large number of stake holders who have an interest in the welfare of the small pelagic fisheries. They include Government, Industry, NGOs, Scientists, mandated governmental organizations, Fishery development organizations and fish industry partners who are dealing with fish by products industry such as fish meal and fish oil.

Details of active partners who are financially contributing to the FIP and their MoUs are available on this website. Read More

Ongoing Activities

IFAFEA had already appointed an international consultant to identify the gaps through an initial assessment and the report is available with IFAFEA. Based on the recommendations a detailed work plan has been prepared with the help of an internationally acclaimed marine fishery expert with five decades of experience in marine fishery management, governance, policy, development and administration. All future work pertaining to FIP will be carried out under the guidance and supervision of the above expert. A well- known NGO, the Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch ( Estd. 1986) which is an independent agency, has been contracted to liaise with all stake holders including the various government institutions and line departments and to carry out detailed field exercises on FIP in Gujarat, Diu, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Andhra Pradesh during the coming years to achieve the objectives specified above. Read More

News Updates
  • The Marine Fisheries Improvement Programme was launched…Read More

  • A website to place the outputs and outcome of the marine fisheries improvement project was launched..Read More

  • Dr. Shivaprakash, Professor, College of Fisheries gave a detailed and interesting talk..Read More

  • Interactions by the participants flagged the important issues faced by fishers…Read More

  • Awareness programmes are planned for Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh during this year..Read More

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