Welcome to the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources



Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) is operating under the Preview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development as its main implementation body.  Mandate of the Department Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is ManagementDevelopment and Conservation of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Sri Lanka.

The Department continues its process of updating its legal provisions such as the introduction of 1996 Fisheries Act No-2, as well as the declaring of various related fisheries management practices in line with the regional and international conventions and regulations.

The promulgation of the Fisheries Ordinance in 1940 enabled the creation of the Fisheries Department. The Department of Fisheries is tasked to oversee the development of the fisheries industry of Sri Lanka and assist fisher community to uplift their socio-economic conditions.

One of the main objectives of the Department is to facilitate the entrepreneurs to increase their production for the local as well as the export markets. The Department continues to plan and embark on numerous developmental activities to increase the production as well as exploiting various market niches.

dfar (1)Our Vision is
To provide an optimum contribution to the national economy through strengthening the socio–economic status of the fisher communities while maintaining the fisheries and aquatic resources in a sustainable manner.

Our Mission is
Management of fisheries and aquatic resources by adopting new technologies in compliance with the national and international laws and treaties for the productive contribution to the Sri Lankan economy through sustainable development of fishing industry.