Shri Suresh Kumar Vashishth, IAS

Commissioner-Cum-Secretary, Fisheries & ARD. Department, Odisha & Chairman, MSFH, Dhamara.

Er. Smruti Ranjan Pradhan, IAS

Director of Fisheries, Odisha, Cuttack & Vice-Chairman, MSDFH, Dhamara

Sri. Manas Ranjan Sahoo

DFO and Secretary MSDFH Dhamara

Nalinikanta Das

Manager MSDFH Dhamara


Dhamara is an upcoming International standard Fishing Harbour and it has become the first Harbour certified by Export Inspection Agency (EIA) in the state following approval of the Export Inspection Council (EIC), India and meets the Euro standard fish food as specified by European Union.

The major species landing in the jetties are (i) Pomfret (ii) Shrimps (iii) Bombay Duck (iv) Hilsha (v) Mackrel (vi) Johnius (Vii) Ribbon fish (Viii) Megalops (ix) Borei etc. These species have high demand both in National and International market. All these fish landings are maintained with proper cold chain and processed hygienically for value addition to fetch good price in the market which are regularly checked by the Harbour Authorities for maintenance of the quality.

Dhamara and adjacent villages are traditionally inhabited by fishermen since long and they depend on fishing and its allied activities to make their livelihood. Before 1980s these fishermen were very poor and their per capita income was below average with mud thatched roof houses. Now due to construction of harbour and its operation since 1978 onwards the living condition of the people have increased manifold. More than 40% of fishermen own fishing crafts and gears and have constructed good quality RCC house.