Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources


Name of Cabinet Minister:
Douglas Devananda
Eighth Parliament of the D.S.R. of Sri Lanka
Office of the Cabinet of Ministers - Sri Lanka
Ministry Website:

Formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies, programmes and projects; in relation to subject of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and the subjects of the Departments, statutory institutions, laws and regulations under the purview of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources

Development and management of marine, brackish (lagoon) water and freshwater fisheries industry

Management and operation of state owned fishing crafts

Development and management of fishery activities in the exclusive economic zone

Establishment, maintenance and management of fishery harbours and anchorages

Establishment, maintenance and operation of ice plants, cold rooms and other infrastructure facilities required for the fishery industry

Development of living and nonliving National aquatic resources

Manufacture, importation and distribution of fishing crafts and fishing gear

Development and supervision of aquaculture, including marine fish farming

Sale and distribution of fish and fish based products

Expansion of research in the fisheries sector and adoption of measures to utilize such results for the development of fishery industry

Providing facilities for expanding research activities and projects for economic development related to oceanic resources by adoption of modern scientific methodologies

Introducing small and medium scale entrepreneurs for promoting entrepreneurships related to fisheries industry and coordinating matters with the ministry in charge of the said subject

Supervising all institutions under the purview of Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources and matters relating to all subjects assigned to such institutions.

Ms. R.M.I. Rathnayake(Secretary to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources)