The Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources which is coming under the purview of the Ministry of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources is administered by a Director General. The functions of the Head Office have been divided into the following Nine (09) divisions in order to carry out the activities of the Department in an efficient manner. They are,

  1. Fisheries Management Division
  2. Fisheries Industries Division
  3. Fishery Products Quality Control Division
  4. Monitoring, Controlling & Surveillance Division
  5. Operation Division
  6. Information Technology Division 
  7. Administration Division
  8. Finance Division
  9. Internal Audit Division 


The functions of these divisions are executed by eight Directors and Chief Internal Auditor.

Fifteen District Offices of Assistant Directors have been set up covering coastal districts and the functions of each such district are carried out under the guidance and supervision of the respective Assistant Director of the District. Furthermore, 133 Fisheries Inspector Offices have been set up covering all the coastal areas of the relevant divisions. All the activities of such fisheries divisions are undertaken by fisheries inspectors, fisheries social development assistants and fisheries resources management assistants.

Similarly, 20 monitoring centers have been established at fishery harbours and radio officers have been attached to such centers for day and night duties. In addition, offices have been set up at 15 fishery harbours located in 07 districts. The officials of the Department attached to those places carry out activities such as inspection of vessels departing the fishery harbours day and night, registration of and permitting the departure, obtaining log entries pertaining to the trip of boats arriving at the harbour, checking fish production accordingly, preparation of reports for the fish ready for export and providing them to the buyers, taking statements in case illegal ,unreported and unregulated fishing has occurred, delivering the log entries and statements taken to the Head Office via Fax or E-mail and preparation of alternative monitoring reports.

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