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Unleashing the Bounty of the Seas: A New Era for Cochin Fishing Harbour!

A new era of progress dawns upon the fishermen community as they embark on an exciting journey of progress as the forward-thinking Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Shri Parshottam Rupala, in collaboration with Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, marked the beginning of a transformative project – the Modernization and Up-gradation of Cochin Fishing Harbour. This transformative initiative is set to revolutionize the lives of thousands of fishers and uplift the fishing industry in the region.


In March 2022, the esteemed Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairying, Govt. of India, granted its approval for the Modernization and Upgradation of Cochin Fishing Harbour at Thoppumpady. With a total investment of Rs. 169.17 crore, and central financial assistance of Rs. 100 crore under the PMMSY, this project joins hands with the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways under Sagarmala, marking a convergence of efforts towards a brighter future for the fishing community. The foundation stone laying ceremony witnessed the presence of esteemed dignitaries, including Shri Hibi Eden, Member of Parliament, Ernakulam Lok Sabha Constituency, Shri K.J.Maxi, Member of Legislative Assembly, Kochi Constituency, and other distinguished officials from both the Central and State Governments. This collective effort signifies a strong commitment to drive progress and prosperity in the fishing industry.

Key Points

  1. Enhanced Livelihoods: The project is a game-changer for the 700 fishing boats operating at Cochin Fishing Harbour. With a direct impact on the livelihoods of approximately 10,000 fishers and an additional 30,000 fishers across the value chain, it promises to create a positive ripple effect on the entire fishing ecosystem.
  2. Improved Hygienic Conditions: Among the primary objectives of the modernization project is the establishment of state-of-the-art facilities. These include air-conditioned Auction halls, Fish dressing units, Packaging units, and upgraded internal roads, ensuring improved hygiene and efficiency in fish handling.
  3. Boosting Earnings through Exports: With the transformation of the fishing harbor, there is a great potential for increased earnings from the export of fish and fish products. The upgraded facilities will enable the industry to meet international standards, opening doors to new markets and higher revenues.
  4. Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Component: The project incorporates a PPP component of Rs. 55.85 crore, designed to further enhance the facilities. This includes the establishment of cold storages, slurry & tube ice plants, multi-level car parking facility, reverse osmosis plant, food court, retail market, and more, adding valuable infrastructure to support the fishing community.
  5. National Efforts for Development: The Government’s unwavering commitment to the fishing industry is boldly showcased through its approval of projects surpassing Rs. 7,500 crore. These significant investments are earmarked for the development of state-of-the-art fishing harbors and fish landing centers across the nation. Schemes like the Fisheries and Aquaculture Infrastructure Development Fund (FIDF), Sagarmala, and Pradhan Mantri Matsya Yojana (PMMSY) play a vital role in empowering the fishing community across the nation.


The laid foundation stone marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards a brighter future for Cochin Fishing Harbour and its dedicated community of fishers. As the project takes shape, it promises to uplift lives, bolster the economy, and set new standards for sustainable fisheries practices. With the unwavering support of esteemed leaders, government initiatives, and enthusiastic participation from all stakeholders, the bounty of the seas will be unleashed like never before in Cochin. Together, let us sail towards a brighter horizon, charting a course of prosperity and success for the entire fishing community.

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