Fishing is a major industry in Visakhapatnam. A number of fishermen has their livelihoods depend on Fishing in Visakhapatnam.
There are seven ice factories in the Visakhapatnam Fishing Harbour and 10 located outside the harbour that caters to the ice needs of the fishermen. The factories can produce 400 tonnes of ice. Each ice factory employ 15 workers directly and indirectly for ice production.
In November 2012, the increase in the price of ice has hit the fishing operation in Visakhapatnam. The power cuts by the Eastern Power Distribution Company has led to the shortage of ice for the fishermen. Due to the power cuts, the production in ice factories fell to 50 per cent. The price of ice has also increased to Rs. 1200 from Rs. 850 per tonne.
President of Visakha Dolphin Boat Owners' Welfare Association - Ch. Satyanarayana Murthy
The Fishing Harbor at Visakhapatnam Port Trust is one of the biggest in the Coast of Andhra Pradesh. The harbor was set up in 1976 spreading across 24 hectors of land.
Facts about Fishing Harbor, Visakhapatnam
|Total Investment Cost of the Harbor||Rs. 426 Lakhs|
|Fishes and Prawns import||500 Tonnes|
|Turnover||Rs. 1 Crore per year|
|Income to Port from Fishing Harbor||Rs. 6.6 Lakhs per month|