Acts and Regulations

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development is governed under the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act No.  2 of 1996 and NAQDA is governed by the National Aquaculture Development Authority Act No. 53 of 1998. Regulations have been formulated under these acts.

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Development Projects

1) Establishment of Aquaculture Development Centre, Muruthawela
2) Establishment of Marine Fin Fish Hatchery, Batticaloa
3) Establishment of Freshwater Prawn Hatchery, Trincomalee
4) Establishment of Aquaculture Development Centre, Udawalawe
5) Establishment of Sea cucumber Hatchery, Mannar

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Aqua Holidays

National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka has several circuit Bungalows on Aquaculture Development Centres under their management. These facilities are available for the public to be reserved and used.

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Loan Schemes

Management License

Important links

Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development - www.fisheries.gov.lk

Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources - www.fisheriesdept.gov.lk

National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA) - www.nara.ac.lk

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Welcome to NAQDA

National Aquaculture Development Authority (NAQDA) was established in 1999 under the provisions made available by the National Aquaculture Development Authority Act (No. 53 of 1998). It is the main state sponsored organization mandated for the task of development of the aquaculture and inland fisheries sector in Sri Lanka. Presently, it is coming under the purview of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.


Vision and Mission

Our vision is to be an apex body in the region responsible for sustainable development and management of aquaculture and inland fisheries to ensure food security in order to improve the quality of life of the people.


Our mission is to contribute to the improvement of the socio-economic conditions of rural societies through alleviation of poverty by increasing freshwater and brackish water fish production and introducing new technologies for utilization of aquatic resources for small, medium and large scale enterprise development.

Hon. Mahinda Amaraweera

Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development

Hon. Dilip Wedaarachchi

State Minister of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development

Mr. Upali Mohotti (Attorney-at-Law)

Chairman