by May 31, 2010 0 comments

For the sustainable development and manag ement of fisheries resources along
the kerala coast, Govt of Kerala have enacted an Act -Kerala Marine Fishing
Regulation Act (KMFRA). As per this, every fishing vessel operating along the
Kerala coast should register either with the MPEDA or with the Department of
Fisheries. The fishing vessels need to obtain fishing license from the
department which needs to be renewed every year. In order to safeguard the
interests of fishermen and to conserve the fishery wealth, registration scheme
was discontinued for preventing entry of new fishing vessels in the fishing
fleet. As a consequence, the number of unregistered and unlicensed vessel had
grown size-ably. Govt of Kerala decided to grant registration and fishing
license to all fishing vessels operating permissible gears. However,
verification and manual issuance of registration and fishing license certificate
to these many applicants was difficult.

FISHNET is an e-Governance portal-cum-web based workflow based application
developed by NIC for the Fisheries Department. The project components include
knowledge based portal with online site administration facility, application
system for registration and licensing of fishing vessels, etc. The major
advantage of the system is its role in ensuring coastal security. The
application helps to check and track suspicious vessels in Indian waters, by
providing instant information of specified vessel.

  • Deployment Location: 9 coastal districts of Kerala
  • Team Size: 3
  • Tech Used: LAPP (Open Source technology) Linux, Apache, PHP, PostgreSQL
  • Expected life: Not specified


PSA, Project Coordinator, NIC


Department of Fisheries,Kerala


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