Orissa Traditional Fish Worker’s Union



Type of Organization:

Non-governmental Organisation


OTFWU, At: Sana Aryapali, PO: Bada Aryapali, Via: Ganjam, Orissa, India, Pin: 761 020

Brief Description of Work/ Research:

Their work involves efforts in mobilising all traditional fish workers and promoting unity among traditional fish workers from the grassroots level to the State level, strengthening affiliated district unions to exert pressure on the district administration and Panchayati Raj Institutions, and generating awareness among traditional fishers on education, health and environment. Apart from this, they are also involved in developing the capacity of district and state union leaders to identify common issues and strategize campaign techniques to address micro and macro issues that affect the lives and livelihoods of traditional fishers. They also liaison and network with other like-minded groups and movements to fight for common causes and spearheaded advocacy efforts to ensure that the rights of the traditional fish workers are not impacted by turtle conservation measures.

Where is the work/research situated?

Orissa, with the representation of fisher leaders from all six districts.  Later formed district level unions and linked up with “Samudram”, an active federation of women fish workers working towards the welfare of fisher women and children since 1992, in the districts of Ganjam and Puri.

Contact Person 1

K. Aleya