The fisheries sector is an important source of life.
and livelihood for millions of people around the world. As the world's largest wild food harvest,

Indian Legal Instruments

ICSF's Database on Indian Legal Instruments Relevant to Fisheries, is a compilation of Indian national and State-level laws relevant to marine fisheries and fishworkers. The Central Acts section provides selected legislation on environmental pollution and protection of wildlife and the coastal zone. It includes the full texts of The Indian Fisheries Act, 1897; The Territorial Waters, Continental Shelf, Exclusive Economic Zone and other Maritime Zones Act, 1976; and The Maritime Zones of India (Regulation of Fishing by Foreign Vessels) Act, 1981, and Rules, 1982.

The section on States provides the full texts of the Acts, Rules, Amendments and subsequent Notifications enacted by the nine Indian coastal States and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep, which cover various areas such as reserved artisanal fishing zones, resource management measures, licensing and registration fees for different vessel categories, and so on.

The information and data provided here should prove useful for fishworker groups, non-governmental organizations, policymakers, researchers and anyone else interested in the fisheries sector.

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