The Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) was constituted in 1972 under the Marine Products Export Development Authority Act 1972(No.13 of 1972). The role envisaged for the MPEDA under the statue is comprehensive – covering fisheries of all kinds, increasing exports, specifying standards, processing, marketing, extension and training in various aspects of the industry.
The Seafood Exporters Association of India was established in the year 1973. This is an organisation registered under the Registrar of Companies Act 1956 with an aim to protect and promote the interest of seafood industry and also to safeguard and protect the interest of members of the industry by promoting cooperation. Almost 90% of the seafood exporters of India are members of this organisation.
Network for Fish Quality Management and Sustainable Fishing (NETFISH) is a society formed in 2006 under the aegis of MPEDA. Being the extension arm of MPEDA, NETFISH stands for improving the quality of fishery products exported from India and the sustainability of fishery resources as well, by organising grass root level awareness programmes among fishermen, fisherwomen, processing workers and other stakeholders, thereby changing their mindset towards fish quality management and responsible fishing.
NETFISH programmes include Fish quality management programmes conducted at landing sites, fishing vessels, fishermen villages, pre-processing centers, processing factories and dry fishing areas. Programmes on conservation of marine resources and sustainable fishing were also conducted in fishing vessels and fishing harbours across coastal areas. To spread the message more effectively among the beneficiaries street plays, clean-up programmes, mass communication programmes, programmes involving school children, medical camps, rallies etc were also organized by NETFISH.
National Center for Sustainable Aquaculture (NaCSA), an outreach organization of MPEDA, organizes small scale aquaculture farmers to form primary aquaculture societies by providing technical support to build their capacity to produce quality shrimps in a sustainable manner.
The long term objective of NaCSA is to enable aquaculture farmers to adopt sustainable and environment friendly farming practices to produce quality and safe aquatic products such as shrimps, scampi and fish for export and domestic markets. NaCSA facilitates linkages between aquaculture stake holders and facilitates formulation of Best Management Practices, strategies and voluntary guidelines which benefit the entire shrimp farming community as a whole aiming at a ‘bottom up’ approach.
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture is the Research & Development arm of the MPEDA which has evolved as a Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture. RGCA is actively involved in the development of various sustainable, bio secure and eco friendly aquaculture technologies for seed production and grow out farming of various aquatic species with high export potential. The major objective of RGCA is to develop state-of-the-art technologies in aquaculture by establishing technology development centres at various locations across India and transfer such technologies to the aquaculture farming community. RGCA has also set up a central quarantine facility for the first time in India at Chennai to check the imported SPF L.vannamei shrimp brood stock.