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Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR)


Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) is operating under the Preview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development as its main implementation body. Mandate of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is Management, Development and Conservation of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Sri Lanka.

The Department continues its process of updating its legal provisions such as the introduction of 1996 Fisheries Act No-2, as well as the declaring of various related fisheries management practices in line with the regional and international conventions and regulations.

The promulgation of the Fisheries Ordinance in 1940 enabled the creation of the Fisheries Department. The Department of Fisheries is tasked to oversee the development of the fisheries industry of Sri Lanka and assist fisher community to uplift their socio-economic conditions.

One of the main objectives of the Department is to facilitate the entrepreneurs to increase their production for the local as well as the export markets. The Department continues to plan and embark on numerous developmental activities to increase the production as well as exploiting various market niches.

Director General : Mr. M.C.L.Fernando 

Address : 3rd Floor,New Secretariat, Maligawatta, Colombo 10. 

Tel : 011-2449170

Fax : 011-2449170

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National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA)

The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is the principal National Institute charged with the responsibility of carrying out and coordinating research, development and management activities on the subject of Aquatic Resources in Sri Lanka. It is managed by a Board of Governors consisting partly of members appointed by the Hon. Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources and also of certain Ex-officio members. 

The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency Act No. 54 of 1981 established NARA in 1981. The main objective then was to face the challenges offered by the 200 nautical miles Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which Sri Lanka was endowed with, as an outcome of the third United Nations Conference on Law of the Sea. 

The area of EEZ represents a sea territory covering 460,000 Sq. km, which is around 08 times the land territory of Sri Lanka. With a jurisdiction over such vast sea territory, it is imperative for Sri Lanka to gear herself to proper management of this area and to integrate activities on fisheries and aquatic resources in her development plans.

Chairman : Dr. Anil Premaratne

Address : Crow Island, Mattakkuliya, Colombo 15.

Tel            : 011-2521176/011-2521881 

Fax : 011-2521881

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National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA)

National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) was established in 1999 under the provisions made available by the National Aquaculture Development Authority Act (No. 53 of 1998). It is the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector in Sri Lanka. Presently, it is coming under the purview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

For more information: 

Chairman : Mr. Upali Mohotti (AAL) 

Address : 41/1, New Parliment Road,Pallawatta, Battaramulla. 

Tel : 011-2786497

Fax : 011-2786497

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Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC)


Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC) was established in 1964 under the State Industrial Corporation Act No: 49 of 1957 and commenced its commercial operations in 1965. It was established in order to ensure affordable prices to consumer while securing the producer. CFC is vested  with the responsibility of purchase of fish and sale of fish, provision of cold room facilities and sale of fish and fishery products.

For more information

Act.Chairman : Mr. B.K.Jagath Perera

Address : No: 15, Rock House Lane, Colombo 15. 

Tel : +94 112540455 

Fax : +94 112523385

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Ceylon Fishery Harbors Corporation (CFHC)

The Ceylon Fishery Harbors Corporation (CHFC) was established in 1972 and is primary responsible for delivering quality fishery-harbour related services and providing the fishing community with modern infrastructure and facilities .Since inception the corporation has developed year-by-year and recently adopted an exicting development plan, which is in line with the Sri Lankan government’s overall development plan. The CHFC’s development plan outlines a range of proposed projects: amongst the suggested action points are those relating to both managements of the Cooperation and its business development strategy. It is expected the successful completion of this plan will help the Sri Lankan fishing industry to complete effectively with other prominent fishing-oriented countries in the region.

Since its inception the CHFC has focused its effects on improving the standards of fishing for local fishermen. Necessity has prompted the fishery harbour initiaon and Expansion programme, Thotupola Aruna. Under this programme several steps are to be taken to upgrade existing harbours, to build new fishery harbours and to develop new business opportunities. It is expected that as part of the Fishery harbour initiation and Expansion programmed, Thotupola Aruna, the Corporation will begin to examine the feasibility of new ventures and opportunities. 

These new ventures include Marinas and the development of marine-related sporting and leisure activities, such as diving, whale and Dolphin watching. In addition, the increased efficiencies to be achieved by implementing new technology are clear. This has led to the introduction of the enterprise Resource Planning for the CHFC and a communication system for the harbours in addition to a Vessel Monitoring System which is expected to facilitate the CHFC’s role as the fundamental resource of the Sri Lankan fisheries industry and as a facilitator of the region’s maritime enterprise  

For more information:  

Act.Chairman : Mr. Amarananda Abeygunasekara

Address : P.O.Box:1747, Rock House Lane, Colombo 15. 

Tel : +9411-2525065

Fax : +9411-2522947

Email :

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Cey-nor Foundation Ltd. 

A Trusted Name for Boat and Accessories

Located in the heart of Colombo, Cey-Nor Foundation Limited is a state-owned business organization functioning under Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development of Sri Lanka. With its expertise and cutting edge facilities in boat building, the key activity of Cey-Nor is focused on turning out high-quality fiber vessels at competitive rates. The company also offers a vast range of fishnets and allied products associated with the fishing industry to its customers. Proud of being the only state institution capable of providing quality-assured fiber products, Cey-Nor Foundation is where a vessel can be bought with a state guarantee in Sri Lanka.


The technology for vessel building has highly evolved in the past with the usage of sophisticated machinery and equipment in this process where a workforce with specialized knowledge and training too are crucial for such. This requirement limits boatyards in Sri Lanka only to a few where building and repair of vessels can be carried out efficiently at the same time.  


Cey-Nor Foundation's boatyard lies in the northern zone of Colombo, spreading over an extent of 5 acres with two production pads – one of which can simultaneously accommodate the building of two large vessels that exceed 40 feet, which is also capable in effecting the necessary repairs to five vessels without being taken out of water, while the other is equipped with facilities for building twenty numbers of smaller vessels of 38 feet and below at a time.


The services of the boatyard have been brought up to the recognized international level with the provision of the most modern equipment and technological breakthroughs in the particular field, also with the acquisition of a specialized software (Paramarine) used in advanced shipbuilding. This would predetermine the quality of the manufacturing process from its inception to the end, eliminating the possibility of unexpected flaws, such as rolling, thus perfecting the stability and safety of the vessel. 

As Cey-Nor boats are built under such stringent conditions conforming to international production standards, it is intended to have the recognition of Lloyds Certification for its products and services which would further enhance the image of the company, earning greater confidence of its customers who opt for such quality.


Cey-Nor has come a long way from making primitive timber boats at its initial stage in 1967, moving on to building of ferro-cement craft following the trend in the past, currently to be well-versed in the latest techniques in fiberglass boat building.  Cey-Nor is proud of being the only state institution capable of providing a quality-assured product with its expertise and cutting edge facilities in boat building as outlined above at an affordable price.


Acceding to a request for transfer of knowledge and expertise in boat building to Bangladesh on a joint venture project, Cey-Nor Foundation has paved the cornerstone of fiberglass boat industry in Bangladesh, which is yet another achievement of the company in the recent past.


Cey-Nor Foundation also ventured into offshore construction activities in 2013, earning an income of Rs. 86 million. The company is optimistic in looking forward to a better future, taking advantage of the newly-acquired experience by undertaking large-scale marine construction work involved in developing harbors, anchorages landing sites, etc 

For more information: 

Chairman : Mr. B.K.Jagath Perera

No : 335, D.R. Wijewardhane Mawatha, Colombo 10.

Telephone : +94 112 448040

Fax : +94 112 445582

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National Fisheries Federation

National Fisheries Federation was founded in 2012 to facilitate sustainable development of fisher folk and the fisheries sector.


To build up a proud fishing community economically and socially strong keeping pace with the modern world.


To initiate undertake engage in management and operational activities incumbent for the creation of a fishing community enriched by technology and material contribution for the preservation of the fishing community.

Policy Objectives
  • To manage develop regulate and promote fishing industry while protecting the traditional fishing industry.
  • To promote manage infrastructure facilities necessary for fresh water and sea water fishing industry.
  • To develop infrastructure facilities beneficial for the development of fishing.
  • To initiate and construct housing project for fishing villages.
  • To provide health care facilities for fishing villages.
  • To introduce an attractive and new pension scheme.
  • To introduce a new insurance scheme with special benefits for the management of identified risk of fishing community.
  • To implement and operate special loan schemes through Bank of Ceylon and other financial institutions for the benefit of the fishing community.
  • To create alternate sources of income by providing training , knowledge and equipment with a view to promote the standard of living of fishing woman.
  • To intervene on behalf of fisherman subject to accidental and unseen risk and their dependents and to assist the Ministry to seek local and international steps on behalf of them.
  • To provide a vocational education for school leavers to seek employment in local and foreign employment market.
  • To assist for the complete elimination of the use of illegal fishing equipment which are inimical for the protection of fish resources.
  • To establish financial institutions at village and district level.
  • To provide youth and children with children programmes, sports clubs to create organizations for arts and provide facilities for them.

Board of Directors


  • Hon.Mahinda Amaraweera

Vice Presidents

  • Mr.A.Jastin Zoysa
  • Mr.Suboda Ratnayake
  • Mr.G.S.P.Lal Premanath


  • Mr.Chatura Senaratne

Asst. Secretaries

  • Mr.T.H.Dayapala
  • Mr.U.G.Wijesiri
  • Mr.C.Udaya Kumara


  • Mr.G.M.Ravindra 


  • Mr.Kamilas Perera


  • Mr.D.Jude Perera
  • Mr.N.P.Aruna Kumara Sadasiri
  • Mr.Abdul Kadar Mohomad Munawar
  • Mr.D.Dayananda Silva
  • Mr.H.S.N.Sunil
  • Mr.M.C.M. Rafik
  • Mr.A.Mariyarasa


Sri Lanka to be the leader of conservation and sustainable utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the South Asian Region.


Managing the utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for the benefit of the present and future generation


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