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Karaikal region/district has 10 fishing hamlets and about 2500 fishermen families with 24 Kms. of coastal area. Smaller number are engaged in pisciculture inperennial tanks and ponds.
DEVELOPMENTS: The Council for Applied Economic Research reported that Karaikal is situated in the richest coastal periphery of Tanjavur District for sea fisheries. Based on the Techno-economic feasibility survey report, Government of Puducherry UT is established a FISHING HARBOR at Karaikal. State Government also set up a Ice-Plant-cum-Cold Storage Unit and Fish Seed Farms. Also inland fisheries encouraged.
OTHER INFRASTRUCTURE: Fish Farmers Development Agency, Fishermen, Cooperative Societies are cater the needs of fishermen.
ADMINISTRATION: A Joint Director of Fisheries headed the Fisheries Department of Karaikal.
History : The Regional fisheries Office was set up in November 1955 with one Inspector of Fisheries and one peon. The first head of office was Thiru. Edwin joseph. The department was strengthened during 1961 and the staff strength has increased to 13. The department name was changed as Department of fisheries and Fishermen Welfare during 1997 and the staff strength is increased to 45 comprising of 40 Technical and 5 Ministerial posts in due course.
Functions and Objectives of the Office of Joint Director of Animal Husbandry :