Fishing is one of economic activities which has gradually developed in Meghalaya after the attainment of Statehood. During the earlier years, fish catching was mainly from rivers and the fish so catched was generally for drying. Therefore, raw fish could not be used for commercial purpose due to the absence of favourable markets. Added to marketing problem, transportation facilities had encumbered the possibility of finding nearby markets for quick disposal of fish in raw form. Also facilities of cold storage were not available to keep raw fish for certain period of time.


With the improvement of transport facilities and the availability of cold storage amenities, fish marketing in raw form has been made possible. Demand for raw fish has increased from one period to another. In  order to enable a good supply of raw fish, setting up and constriction of fishery ponds in the State had been started in different areas. In this respect, Government encouraged fish farmers to start private fish farming and subsidies either in cash or in kind has made.


District wise Fish seed Distribution, 2000-01 to 2015-16:


Fish Farming, Production Fry Fingerlings and Fish Production in Meghalaya 1978-79, 1983-84, 1988-89, 1993-94 to 2015-2016:


Profile of Fisheries 2013-14: