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Fisheries governance is the sum of the legal, social, economic and political arrangements used to manage fisheries. It has international, national and local dimensions and includes legally binding rules as well as customary social arrangements.

The establishment of institutions, policies and processes through which management may be realized is fundamental for effective fisheries governance.

There are mainly six institutions under the purview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. 

Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources (DFAR)
Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources is operating under the purview of the Ministry. Mandate of the Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources  is, Management, Conservation of the fisheries & Aquatic Resources in Sri Lanka. At present, the department continues its process of managing, regulating, conservation and developing of marine and brackish water fisheries in compliance with fisheries sector development strategy (2012-2013). Department of fisheries is functioning in accordance with the Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Act No: 02 of 1996 and other regulations.

For more information : 

Director General: Mr. M.C.L.Fernando  
Address: 3rd Floor,New Secretariat,Maligawatta, Colombo 10. 
Tel: 011-2449170
Fax: 011-2449170
Web site: 

National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA)
National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) is the institute vested with the responsibility of carrying out research on all living and non living aquatic resources in order to develop and manage fisheries and aquatic resources. NARA is duly established by Act No: 54 of 1981.

For more information :

Chairman: Dr. Anil Premaratne   
Address : Crow Island, Mattakkuliya, Colombo 15.
Tel: 011-2521176/011-2521881 
Fax: 011-2521881
Web site:

National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA)
National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) was established in 1999 under the provision of the Act No 53 of 1998. It is the  institute vested with the responsibility of the development of aquaculture and inland fisheries in Sri Lanka. 

For more information : 

Chairman: Mr. Upali Mohotti (AAL) 
Address : 41/1,New Parliment Road,Pallawatta, Battaramulla. 
Tel: 011-2786497
Fax: 011-2786497
Web site: 

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: 011-2540455 
Fax: 011-2523385
Web site:

Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation (CFHC)
Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation (CFHC) was established in 1972 under the provision of the State Industrial Corporation Act No: 49 of 1957. The institute is responsible for construction and management of fishery harbours and anchorages. 

For more information :  

Act.Chairman:Mr. Amarananda Abeygunasekara
Address : P.O.Box :1747, Rock House Lane, Colombo 15. 
Tel: 011-2525065
Fax: 011-2522947
Web site:

Cey-nor  Foundation
Cey-nor foundation is mandated to provide inputs for the fisheries industry. It was established under the State Industrial Corporation Act No: 23 of 1987. 

For more information : 

Chairman: Mr. B.K.Jagath Perera
Address : 335, D.R.Wijewardana Mawatha, Colombo 10. 
Tel: 011-4641805
Fax: 011-2439020
Web site: 

Affiliated Bodies

National Fisheries Federation

As a distinctive contribution towards the development process identified under the Mahinda Chinthana Idiri Dekma, under the guidance of Hon.Dr Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, 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

President  Hon.Mahinda Amaraweera  
Vice Presidents Mr.A.Jastin Zoysa
  Mr.Suboda Ratnayake
  Mr.G.S.P.Lal Premanath
Secretary  Mr.Chatura Senaratne
Asst. Secretaries  Mr.T.H.Dayapala
  Mr.C.Udaya Kumara
Treasurer  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.M.C.M. Rafik


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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