When Gujarat state got the constitutional status on 1st may, 1960 and got separated from Mumbai, the Fisheries department started with around 3531 boats. Out of which 314 boats were operational with machines and the remaining 3217 boats were operational without machines. Sea production was around 79412 million tons. And its total estimate was around 175,75 lakhs. At present the number of boats have increased and gone up to 37965. Out of which 28580 are machine operated boats and 9385 are operated without machines. And sea production is increased to around 7,00,809 million tons. And its total estimate was around 532915.45 lakhs.
Various schemes under Inland Fisheries
In past inland fisheries was considered as day dreaming and it was just for catching fish type of fisheries and that type of fisheries was majorly done by fishermen living on the sea coast. Inland fisheries have opened new doors to boost manufacturing related to fisheries.
Various schemes under Brackish Water Aquaculture
6000 km of coastline of India Approximately 14.2 lakh hectares of saline belts in the area are available for development of Brackish Water fisheries. In addition to using the infested waste land in this coastal area to increase the production of fishery, "Shrimp" which is very important at international level and earning foreign money by fisheries in Brackish Water. A good production can be achieved by raising it. To meet the demands of the international market, our country's development areas have developed and there is a great need for fisheries. In Gujarat state having approx. 89,000 hectares more suitable for Brackish Water aquaculture.
Location Advantage, Surat, India
Surat is one of world's fastest growing city in the Indian state of Gujarat. It used to be a large seaport and is now the commercial and economic center in South Gujarat, which is famous for its diamonds, textile Industries and now Fisheries. It is the eighth largest city and ninth largest urban agglomeration in India. The city is located 284 kilometres (176 mi) south of the state capital, Gandhinagar; 265 kilometres (165 mi) south of Ahmedabad; and 289 kilometres (180 mi) north of Mumbai. The city centre is located on the Tapti River, close to Arabian Sea.
Gujarat state is at the top position in Fisheries as is at the west coast of India and it covers 1/5th part of India along the coast as well as it is exclusive economic zone. It contributes about 20% of total marine production. There are abundant Inland fisheries opportunities in Gujarat because of 6 large reservoirs and small water bodies and Sardar Sarovar command area.