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Meen Bhavan,
Cooch Behar

       The Fishery Department of Cooch Behar has two wings, namely (i) Assistant Director of Fisheries (ADF) Establishment and (ii) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FFDA. The ADF establishment is headed by Assistant Director of Fisheries under whom there are three District Fishery Officers (namely DFO Normal, DFO Co-operative & DFO Training respectively) and two Fishery Extension Officers (FEO Training) and one Assistant Fishery Officer (AFO) at District Level. Under the ADF there are 12 Block Level Fishery Extension Officers (FEOs) who work at Block Level.
       The Fish Farmer's Development Agency (FFDA) is head by Chief Executive Officer. Under the FFDA there are one Training Superintendent (TS), two Fishery Extension Officers and one Sub-Assistant Engineer (SAE).

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Postal Address
MEEN BHAVAN
Sarada Devi Road,
Cooch Behar - 736101
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Assistant Director of Fisheries
Dr. Aloknath Praharaj
Phone+Fax : 03582-222384(O)
E-mail : aloknath_praharaj@rediffmail.com
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Chief Executive Officer of FFDA
Dr. Aloknath Praharaj
Phone+Fax : 03582-222353(O)
E-mail : ceo.ffda.cooch@gmail.com
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       Cooch Behar is the farthest district of West Bengal from its capital Kolkata situated at a distance of about 700 Km. and is a north-eastern district of Jalpaiguri Division. Geographically it is the part of the Himalayan Tarai region of West Bengal. It is bordered by Jalpaiguri district in the north, Assam in the east and Bangladesh in the east, south & west. The district is 3387 sq. km. in area & triangular in shape. River Torsa flows beside the main town (Headquarter) bearing the same name. The district consists of 5 (five) sub-divisions, 12 blocks & 128 gram Panchayet and total nos. of mouzas of the district is 1,168. As per 2001 census the total population is 24,79,155, out of which 12,72,094 are male and 12,07,061 are female. The population of fishermen’s community of the district is 1,91,625 and most of the fishermen population belong to Schedule Caste and live in most poor condition below poverty line as they have lost their last scope to maintain their livelihood by capturing fish as well as they are not in a position to cultivate their own water bodies though six perineal rivers,  namely - Tista, Jaldhaka, Torsa, Raidak, Gadadhar and Kaljani flow through this district.

       Different ongoing schemes of Fisheries Department for Coochbehar district are like Training to the Fish Farmers, Development of Tank Fisheries, Development of Aquaculture through FFDA, Promotion of Integrated Fish Farming, Reclamation of big water body, i.e. Chhara/Beel, Infrastructure Development, Development of Fishermen Co-operative Society, Old Age Pension, Wet Land Day Observation, Demonstration Center, Magur breeding with Hatchery along with Indigenous Species, Development of Aquaculture through Short Term Credit, Fish Farmers Day Observation and Construction of Landing Centre.

       Total water areas of the district are about 6,120 ha out of which about 2,932 ha are under Beel Fisheries, 2,007 ha are under Tank Culture and the rest of water areas are flowing rivers. It has one CFCS, 63 nos. of Primary Fisherman’s Co-operative Society Ltd. (PFCS), 12 no. Fish Production Groups (FPG) and 50 nos. of Shelf Help Group (SHG) are promoting the fish production and employment generation in the district.

       15 numbers of Hatchery in the district are producing fish seed (spawn) which were recorded near about 449.43 million during 2010-11. Total water area under PFCS is about 3,588.09 ha in which culturable water area is about 2,081.72 ha and capturable water area is about 1,506.37 ha with a total fish production of about 18332 MT during 2010-11.

        Due to the topography and special condition of soil & water of the district, the main hurdle in fish production is higher fluctuation of water depth in monsoon and in the lean period. For this reason most of the tanks or water bodies are seasonal in nature which badly effect fish production.




STATISTICAL DATA FOR THE FISHERY DEPARTMENT, COOCH BEHAR
1. Impounded Water Area (Tank/Ponds) [in hac.] 2006.89
2. Total Water Area of Beel/Boar [in hac.] 2932.28
3. River Water Area [in hac.] 1181.66
4. Total Water Area [in hac] 6120.83
5. Total No. of Beel/ Chhara 270
6. Total No. of active Beel/Chhara 95
7. Total No. of Seed [Spawn] production, 2010-2011 [Million] 449.43
8. Total Production of Table Fish, 2010-2011 [M. tons.] 18332.00
9. Total Production of Table Fish of P.F.C.S Ltd., 2010-2011 [M. tons.] 7510.00
10. Total Requirement of Table Fish per year [M. tons.], IMC , Exotic & Riverine 34200.00
11. Total No. Fisherman Identity Card Issued, 2010-2011 18672
12. Total No. of Wholesale Fish Dealer licensee [Only Municipal Area] 71
13. Total No. of Wholesale Fish Market 56
14. Total No. of Retail Fish Market 148
15. Total No. of Retailer for Fish Market 2470
16. Total No. of Fish Seed Hatchery [IMC & Exotic] 15
17. Total No. of P.F.C.S Ltd.  60
18. Total No. of members of P.F.C.S Ltd.  12918
19. Total No. Fisherman: (i) Male: 75085 ,   (ii) Female: 68824 143909
20. Total No. of Fisherman Family 30619
21. Total No. of Fishing Village 643
22. Total No. of Women’s Ornamental P.F.C.S Ltd. 3
23. Total No. of Women trained by Net Fabrication training 300
24. Total No. of C.F.C.S Ltd. 1
25. Total No. of Self Help Group [SHG] 113
26. Total No. of members of Self Help Group [SHG] 986
27. Total No. of Fish Production Group [FPG] 91
28. Total No. of members of Fish Production Group [FPG] 957
29. Total No. of active Fish Production Group [FPG] 20
30. Total No. of Sub- Division  5
31. Total No. of Block  12
32. Total No. of Gram Panchayet  128
33. Total No. of Mouza/ Village  1168
34. Total Nos. of Municipality   6
35. Total No. of Old Age Pensioners [12 Blocks]  355
36. Total No. of Lab-Cum-Training Centre 8
37. Total Effective Water Area on Pisciculture [in hac.] 3155.40


Block-wise Water Areas in Cooch Behar district (in ha.)
Name of Block Chhara/
Beel
Pond/
Tank
River
Area
Total
Area
Culturable
Area
Fisherman
Family
Cooch Behar-I 437.80 270.37 150.00 858.17 410.88 3332
Cooch Behar-II 205.56 180.65 75.00 461.21 290.50 3672
Dinhata-I 309.60 102.55 75.00 625.55 392.82 2892
Dinhata-II 485.80 240.95 122.00 828.35 451.55 2369
Sitai 264.65 220.55 75.00 442.20 175.50 1429
Tufanganj-I 261.81 165.55 100.00 527.36 295.06 3662
Tufanganj-II 178.52 100.03 100.00 378.55 182.49 1923
Mathabhanga-I 252.44 220.70 100.00 573.14 295.00 3681
Mathabhanga-II 356.00 290.40 150.00 796.40 335.50 2526
Sitalkuchi 106.11 73.04 84.66 263.81 120.55 2275
Mekhliganj 27.17 26.60 50.00 103.77 60.00 1325
Haldibari 46.82 115.50 100.00 262.32 145.55 1533
Total: 2932.28 2006.89 1181.66 6120.83 3155.40 30619

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