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In the year 1978 the Department of Fisheries and Department Co-oparation jointly under took a survey and decided to take financial assistance from NCDC for all around social and financial development of the fishermen community. At that time there were only 7 central Fishermen's Co-operative Society in the state and there was no apex Co-operative Socity for the fishermen/fish farmer. Thus the West Bengal State Fishermen's Co-operative Federation Ltd. (BENFISH) was established and registered under the West Bengal Co-operative Acts & Rules in the year 1978 as the approx body of the Fishermen's Co-operatives in the state bearing its registered no. 15 (cal)/78. The objectives for augmenting fish production by introducing scientific method of pisciculture and for upliftment of socio-economic condition of the poor fishermen by introducing modern crafts and gears. It is a state level fishermen's cooperative being managed by a Board of Directors. By dint of efficient management, almost all society members have been able to increase the fish production as well as improve the socio-economic condition of the poor fisherman to a considerable extent.