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Fisheries production plays an important role in Sri Lankan economy. Besides being a rich source of protein it provides income and direct and indirect employment opportunities. In order to explore untapped fisheries potentials the Ministry has placed much importance in participation of local and foreign private sectors.

Some of the potential areas for investment are:

Export of High Value Fish Products
Fisheries sector has played an important role in the recent past in generating foreign exchange through export of several items of high value fish and fishery products as chilled and frozen Tuna, Shrimp, lobster, Sea Cucumber etc. These exports are administrated by Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DFAR) with private sector participation.

Contact details: Mr. M.C.L.Fernando  : Director General (DFAR) (Tel : 011-2449170) 

Canned Fish Industry

Fish canning industry also contributes to achieve the goals of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development. IT will also fulfill the targets of business development of Ceylon Fisheries Corporation (CFC). Canned fish factories are established by CFC, as well as the private sector, in order to produce canned fish for the nation.

Contact details : Mr. B.K.Jagath Perera : Act.Chairman (CFC) (Tel: 011- 22540455)

Ornamental Fish and Aquatic Plant Industry
Ornamental fish and aquatic plant industry is also with a potential to the economic up-liftment of the community. This is mainly administrated by the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA).

Contact details : Mr. Upali Mohotti (AAL) : Chairman  (NAQDA)  (Tel: 011-2786497)

Non-traditional Aquaculture
This is one of the emerging aquaculture systems. Several pilot projects on sea cucumber fattening, sea -bass cage culture, oyster culture, mussel culture, have become successful. Crab culture is also identified as a non-traditional aquaculture practice.These projects are administrated by the National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA).

Contact details : Mr. Upali Mohotti (AAL) : Chairman  (NAQDA) (Tel : 011-2786497) 

Fisheries Infrastructure Development

It is important to maintain and manage the infrastructure facilities to ensure efficient fishing operations as well as to achieve production and consumption targets. Fishery harbours, anchorages, landing sites, ice plants and cold rooms are upgraded by Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation (CFHC) with private sector participation.

Contact details : Mr. Amarananda Abeygunasekara :  Chairman  (CFHC) (Tel: 011-2525065)

Supply of Inputs for the Fisheries Industry

Cey-nor Foundation Ltd., is mandated to supply of inputs to the fisheries industry with private sector participation.

Contact details : Mr. B.K.Jagath Perera : Chairman  (Cey-nor) ( Tel :011-2439020)

Other opportunities  
  • Fish feed production for Aquaculture with the participation of NARA.
  • Arranging floating restaurants and leisure boats with the participation of Cey-nor Foundation.
  • Dry fish and Maldive fish production.
  • Construction of multi-day boats and large scale fishing vessels with modern technology.


Sri Lanka to be the leader of conservation and sustainable utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources in the South Asian Region.


Managing the utilization of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for the benefit of the present and future generation


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