Career In Fisheries & Aquaculture

Is your hobby fishing?…Have you ever done fishing?…Do you have interest in Aquaculture?

If you are interested in the harvesting and capturing of fish then you can choose your career in fisheries.

“The term fisheries & Aquaculture itself clear its meaning. It is related to catching of inland and marine fishes for commercial purposes. It involves aquaculture, gears, navigation, oceanography, aquarium management, breeding, processing, export and import of seafood, special products and by-products , research and related activities.”

If talking about business then, India bears seventh position in the export of fish in the world and is the fourth largest producer of fish in the world.

The living of over 500 million people in developing countries depends on fisheries and aquaculture.

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The occupation in fisheries is catching or rearing fish through fish farming or aquaculture.

Fishery industry involves in catching, processing, marketing and conservation of fish.

One can learn about managing and understanding fisheries in the academic education of Fisheries Science.


Career Scope

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There are numerous of career or job opportunities in government and the private sector. Aspirants can go for entrepreneurship or self-employed in their own fisheries-related business. You can see that in every state or country, the government has fisheries department in which you can apply for various posts. Aspirants can also do jobs in central government agencies like Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA), Fisheries Survey of India (FSI), NIO, WHO,  and many others. Degree holders can apply for research projects or can do further study. Candidates can find the number of job opportunities in institutions, banks, fishing/oceans and in foreign countries.

Courses & Programmes

There are various undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in the field of Fisheries & Aquaculture. The degree in Fisheries Science is a science degree, you must have studied science with biology till class 12. Selection process for admission in various universities/colleges is either through university level exam (CUSAT 2020) or state level entrance examination. Students can also apply for ICAR 2020. After completion of B.F. Sc, candidates can apply for M.F. Sc and PhD. You can pursue the following fisheries courses on the basis of your eligibility for this course:

Bachelor’s Courses:

  • Bachelor of Fisheries Science (B.F.Sc) – 4 years
  • Bachelor of Science (Industrial Fish and Fisheries) – 3 years
  • B.Sc. (Fisheries) – 3 years
  • B.Sc. (Aquaculture) – 3 years

Master’s Courses:

  • Master’s of fisheries science (M.F.Sc) – 2 years
  • Master’s of Science (M.Sc) – 2 years
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You can pursue M.Sc in the following specializations:

  • Aquatic Biology & Fisheries
  • Coastal Aquaculture and Marine
  • Fishery Science and Aquaculture
  • Industrial Fisheries
  • Limnology and Fisheries
  • Marine Biology and Fisheries

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Colleges those provide academic education in fisheries:

  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kerala
  • Osmania University, Hyderabad
  • Central Institute of Fisheries Education, Versova, Mumbai
  • Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Kerala

Admission Process

One can apply for the bachelor’s courses in fisheries after the completion of 10+2 with PCB group. To become fishery or Aquaculture graduate, you have to pass the entrance examination called Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Common Entrance Test.

For pursuing master’s courses like M.F.Sc from Central Institutes of India, you are required to clear the All India Level Common Entrance Test conducted by ICAR. Several universities also conducts their own entrance test for providing admission. Below we have listed the colleges offering UG & PG courses in Fisheries & Aquaculture

  • Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh
  • Acharya Nagarjuna University, AP
  • Vidyasagar University, West Bengal
  • Fisheries College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu
  • Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  • Cochin University of Science and Technology, CUSAT, Kerala

Jobs & Career Scope

Lucrative job opportunities are available for fisheries graduates. After possessing degree of B.F.Sc, you can apply for the post Instructor, Research Assistant, Biochemist, Biologist, Technicians, etc.

Also, you can apply in the fisheries department of state government for the post of Inspector of Fisheries/Research Assistants, Sub-Inspector of Fisheries, Assistant Directors, Assistant Fisheries Development Officer ( AFDO ) / Fisheries Extension Officer ( FEO ) and Fisheries Development Officer(FDO).

Central agencies also recruits fisheries graduates as technical officers and assistant directors in

  • Marine Product Export Development Authority (MPEDA)
  • Export Inspection Agency ( EIA)
  • Coastal Aquaculture Authority of India (CAA)
  • Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)
  • Fisheries Survey of India (FSI)
  • National Institute of Oceanography(NIO)
  • Indian National Centre for Ocean and Information Services(INCOIS), Hyderabad

In addition to this, there is also a scope of self employment in this field. After, owning degree of B.F.Sc, you can also open your own enterprise.

You will also get the opportunity to work in abroad where you can do business in the field of aquaculture, fish processing export and import. Fisheries professionals in aquaculture sectors are demanded in African countries.

In the field of fisheries, you can become an aquaculturist, farm managers, exporters, traders, breeders and modern fishermen’s, etc.

The job titles of fisheries is given below:

  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Fisheries Extension Officer (AEO)
  • Fisheries Officer
  • Fishery Manager
  • Fishery technician
  • Fishery Observer
  • Assistant Fisheries Development Officer (AFDO)
  • District Fisheries Development Officer (DFDO)


  • Fisheries Development Board
  • Food Department
  • Banks
  • Food Processing and Technology
  • Fish Breeding Farms


Salary in this field depends upon the specialization you are chosen. The salary in the private sector may starts from Rs 2.5 – 3 Lac/Year. Salary offers in government sector is different from the private sector. Depending on education and experience, fisheries professionals can get an average pay of Rs 3 – 5 Lac/Year.

Books & Study Materials

Some of the best books for the preparation of fisheries is mentioned below:

  • Basics of Fisheries Science: Aquaculture – K.C. Badapanda
  • Aquaculture Technology and Environment by Ujwala Jadhav
  • A textbook of Fish Biology and Fisheries – S.S. Khanna
  • Integrated Aquaculture by B. Ahilan, K. Ravaneshwaran, P. Kumaravel
  • Aquaculture and Fisheries – N. Arumugam
  • A Textbook of Fishery Science and Indian Fisheries – C.B.L. Srivastava

For more information about Career in Fisheries, you may ask your queries below.

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  1. Nagaraj NR says:

    Sir/mdm my 12th class journey is completed how can I apply the fisheries college help plz

  2. Chaitanya says:

    Sir iam studying BSC(botany, zoology, chemistry)I am eligible to icar exam in msc aquaculture

  3. Kiyamuddin ansari says:

    I have done msc in zoology. With a taught that I’ll fly like an eagle but how I’m realizing that my gribs are getting loose and I don’t want to fall down from the peak of mountain. During my 2year pg program I got to learn many things about fishery and slowly I decided to persue my carier in fishery. Sir/madam please share your key guidance so that I can use my wings to fly like an eagle

  4. Chandana says:

    I am now in govt enginnering college….. But the icar alltmnt came ….in bsc fisheries….. Which is better…… To choose….. Plz reply

  5. Mallesh says:

    Sir I’m completed B. S. C i want to join in Msc Fishering what books help me to clear in entrance exam please give me advice

  6. Moriravi says:

    I’m going in 5th sem after thise course which job i will apply?

  7. Your Name...shreya says:

    IAM going to class 11.I want become marine biologist but which I have to take for it can anyone please help me

  8. sona says:

    does mfsc degree have any scope for getting job in foreign countries

  9. Monika kumari says:

    I completed fish and fisheries I need a job

  10. Your Name...Sudhanshu Kumar says:

    Sir , I have completed my gaduation in Industrial Fish and Fisheries (B.Sc in I.F.A.F.) . I want to know that Am I eligible for any Government jobs in this field? If yes then please suggest the names of the jobs offered for me . Am I eligible for FEO , FDO , ATM , BTM posts as B.F.Sc condidates are eligible for all this ?? Please help .

  11. Bhuvaneshwaran.R says:

    What is the requirement for joining fisheries course after 12th standard to join in college?

  12. Bhuvaneshwaran.R says:

    I have finished my 12 standard this year I wish to join fisheries course what is the requirement for this course to join.?

  13. Mallikarjun Jirole says:

    Dear sir I am studying in 12th with subject PCB..I have mostly like this then what can I do for it…please guide me

  14. Atiya Shaikh says:

    Sir I will complete my 12th this year, I want to take admission in fisheries.Can u please explain About the process?

  15. Jhansi says:

    As I’m studying Bscfzc for which entrance exams I should prepare and which books I should prefer?

  16. venky says:

    i completed btech and i want to join in aqua culture is there any possibility to join and how many years the course should be done

  17. Mohd musthafa says:

    Sir can we go for BSc.F through eamcet ranks

  18. Ubaidh says:

    My brother has done B. Sc degree I would like to join him in fisheries course will you please recommend him best course where he can make his career better plz help out

  19. Tataji says:

    I have only degree tc and original certificate no original certificates 10&12th so can I join this group please tel me

  20. Jasmine says:

    There are any government job opportunities in fishery science?Please tell me.

  21. Karan bhandari says:

    What is scope of fishery science in india punjab? And what is salary of fishery dr

  22. Ishan Bora says:

    I have completed my graduation on Bachelor of Arts with English honors. I love studying and researching ornamental fish rearing and want to pursue a career in the same. I need guidance and how i should proceed further and pursue which course to have a career in this department.

  23. mariya joseph says:

    Is there a need to attend any competitive exams to get a admission in Bsc Fisheries

  24. Sheetal choubisa says:

    Sir,I am complete my M.Sc.(fisheries)in 2009.but I can not apply any where.ldon’t have experience.l want to job in this line.plz advice

  25. Sphurti says:

    ICAR is compulsory for admission in fishery college

  26. Kummari Gangadhar says:

    What is estimation of eamcet2018 rank to get the aquaculture course

  27. Maha says:

    I have completed 12th.I am interested in fishery.Give me some suggestions

  28. TeJa says:


  29. greeshma says:

    I studied home science in plus two.It contain a subject home science by avoiding maths.Is I am eligible for studying fisheries.

  30. Ch saipavan says:

    Good morning sir I had been completed BTech I want to do the fishery course which colleage is prefarble in Andhra&telagana please give me a suggestion

  31. Abhideep Maity says:

    Hello sir after class 12 i am studying in Industrial Fish and Fisheries (IFF) 1st year.
    There have any scope to build my career……

  32. MEESALA HARISH says:


  33. Trinath says:

    I am complte I am interested MSC(aquaculature) and I am eligible this corce

  34. kounen fatima says:

    Can B.Sc Bio After Course in MSc Fisheries ?

  35. Arya says:

    Sir, I’m a class 12th student with PCB. I’m interested in doing fisheries course but I’m little afraid because I don’t want a job involving the risk of shipping to the middle of sea or something like that as I don’t know swimming and ships cause me nausea.Is there any job opportunity for me in this field?

  36. Diganta Ghara says:

    I am a student of Fishery and farm managemant(Bsc.Main).I want higher education(postgraduate).Please inform me about several Institutes for the same.

  37. Ramana babu Marri says:

    Hii sir I am complete degree level B Z C…Now I am completed M S C fisheryscience…plz eligibility’s on govt job any information plz kind me sent my mail

  38. Ajay Gangawane says:

    Sir Plz explain how Jobs Opportunities After BFSC

  39. Sadhna shukla says:

    Sir I have completed P.G degree pls take information this course.. my special paper fisheries

  40. Krishna patel says:

    Hey I am Krishna patel m complete m in botany now m in aquatic animals m interested in fisheries .. any job for me plz reply me.

  41. Nishant raj says:

    I m bsc industrial fish and fishries graduates ….then how to more scope ?? …

  42. C.singarajan says:

    I heve completed for oceanography I well currently experience for aquaculture farming technical management I want need for the job

  43. Indira says:

    I am Bsc in zology willing to take a basic course in fisheries need the information

  44. soma jana says:

    I completed post graduate in Bengali honours. I am urgently requir job in fisheries sector.

  45. Raju sharma says:

    Sir, I’m a bsciff student
    Plz help me for jobs

  46. guljar saifiYour Name... says:

    iam study in agriculture i am interested in fishries please guide me………..

  47. courses other than says:

    I’ve completed (iff) and now I want to study something other than

  48. Rajsmita r says:

    Mai msc ki student hu ab 4th semester me mai kya choose kru cell bio ya fishry confuse hu so plz aap mujhe scope ko dekhte hue ki mere liye kya better hoga bataye plz i am thankful to your reply

  49. Pintu kumar says:

    i have completed bs.c(industrial fish and fishery)i need job

  50. Soumen Jana says:

    I am Complete Msc at fisheries science. What jobs can be found on Fisheries outside of India?how?

  51. sreejith says:

    Sir i want an admission fisheries College ernakulam to study Bfsc.l have all qualifications + 2 i am studied fisheries craft and gear technology.i have full mark in that subject.i am interested in these subjects

  52. Nageswara rao Chitturi says:

    Dear sir/madam.. I completed my btech in 2010,now I was working as a Sr area sales executive (technical) in a reputated company.. I have five plus years of experience in aquaculture.. So I want to do an aquaculture related course like bfsc or mfsc in (distance) .. So please tell me.. Is am eligible or not.. If eligible.. Plz tell me the process.. It helps to my career.. Much appreciated for your replies.. Thnq

  53. D. sunnybabu says:

    Sir lam compleat inter vocational fisheries lam join What is the beast corce

  54. chandini says:

    Sir,IAM doing my bfsc 3rd year ,want to go for government jobs,can u please provide information

  55. singamsetti sri says:

    Sir I completed inter bipc with 932 marks soihave interested in bfsc is there eligible for course

  56. hrithwik gopi says:

    hi sir,
    I have passed class xii with PCM with computer science. so basically, I did not learn biology. I would like to apply for the cifnet. going through the details, i found out that biology has some role with this course. so,should i try to apply for the same?
    P.S: please reply,its urgent

  57. Bala vikas says:

    Plss Rply Any seniors,
    Me completed Inter(Mpc),904 marks,want to join in any fishing course,plss suggest me the best&good course to join……..

  58. Prasenjit says:

    Sir whether the courses like B. S. C. Fisheries or Industrial fish and fishery sciences are approved by ICAR or UGC ?

  59. yashpal chouhan says:

    Sir I have completed bsc in industrial fish and fishery science or Msc in fishery science , I wants job in fishery department

  60. Umamahesh says:

    Sir Ian completed bad computers now working in aqua recognition in so for last two years I want bfsc certificate what can I doI want open university certificate also my age29

  61. Hardik Vaiyata says:

    Hello sir, i have completed diploma in mechanical engineer, now i want to do Bsc in fishries so can you suggests me?

  62. Naveen. says:

    Sir i am compleat my inter m.p.c in 2013_2015 next i am compleat in diploma in aquaculture 2015-2016. I am next join in degree 1st year

  63. Jyotirmay Mandal says:

    Very nice job

  64. dayana says:

    Any government job i can try related to aquaculture, pls guide me.

  65. vijay says:

    Sir I be done my 12th bio in 2010 can I opt for bfsc in 2017 I am 23 year of age is it suitable

  66. I have great interest in fisheries science please guide me abt it. I am studying in 12 with PCB says:

    I am studying in 12 with PCB. have great interest in fisheries science please guide me abt it

  67. sir I m in bsc 3 bt should I do nxt says:

    I m in part 3 bt should I do nxt

  68. chandan kumar says:

    i have completed bs.c(industrial fish and fishery)i need job

  69. Sanju says:

    I have completed my graduation in zoology,im interested in fisheries,what is the further steps that I had do,then what are the job opportunities in fisheries both government and private sectors,please kindly reply me

    • Mohit says:

      There are opportunities available in this field, you can either make your career in the Fisheries department of the state or union govt, also one can go for research in this field.

  70. jaya says:

    Whatever the information u have given regarding jobs either private or govt. ,is only for the students who had completed their m.fsc. …,then what r the job opportunities for the students who have completed their (msc.aquaculture).?..are there any govt. Opportunities for msc.aquaculture students?? If so please kindly reply me…

    • Mohit Negi says:

      Yes the opportunities are available in the state and central govt departments.

      • Your Name...jaya says:

        Hello Mohit Negi ,im really happy to see ur reply for my question and thanks for that.But can u pls tell me the job titles in gov’t sector which are given msc.aquaculture as eligibility.

  71. Ram kumar Raghuwanshi says:

    I have completed M.F.Sc. 2014 at 77%
    i am argently requir job in fishereis sectore

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