Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources

Fisheries Management Division

Sri Lanka’s fisheries management emphasizes sustainable use and conservation of marine resources through robust regulations overseen by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR). Community engagement is promoted through local management initiatives, aiming to balance socio-economic needs with environmental conservation for current and future generations.



The following functions are performed by the division for achieving the above objective.

Formulation and implementation of fisheries regulations


Registration of fishing vessels


Mortgaging of fishing vessels


Issue of fisheries operational licences


Issue of fish landing permits for foreign vessels


Issue of import, export and re-export permits for ornamental fish


Issue of permits for catching, possession, transportation and export of beach de-mer and lobsters


Issue of permits for transportation and export of chanks, sea shells and shark fins


Registration of Beach Seine Harbours and owners and issue of permits for beach seines


Issue of identity cards for fishermen


Repatriation of fishermen stranded at high seas and apprehended in foreign countries


Provision of dry rations for affected fisher families


Establishment of Fisheries Management Areas, Fisheries Committees and authorities and formulation and implementation of Fisheries Development Management Plans through the said institutions


Establishment of fisheries organizations and fishery management committees at landing sites, divisional secretariat and provincial level and national level committees, and formulation and implementation of fisheries development plans through them


Training of multi day boat skippers


Collection and analysis of data on fisheries industry & fisher folk


Resolving disputes in fisheries sector


Making the boat owners, skippers and fleet engaged in high seas fishing operations aware of the rules and the conventions relating to the regional agreements


Making the fishermen and boat owners engaged in coastal fishing activities aware of the strategies and rules for a responsible fisheries industry


Training and making aware of the fisheries officers and other stakeholders about the rules and regional conventions relating to the high seas and coastal fisheries industry. 


Division Structure