UAA Promoted Samudram Project is the Receipient of "UN Equator Initiative Award 2010" for Reducing Poverty Through the Conservation & Sustainable use of Biodiversity, Samudram also Conferred with "Godfrey Philips Bravery Award 2011" for Women's Empowerment

Samudram (State level federation of marine fisherwomen’s organisations)  


Samudram is a State level Federation of Women Fish Workers Organisations working in the State of Orissa for the development of marine fisher folk living on the coastline of Bay of Bengal.

Some Reports:

Annual Progress report on Enhancing market stake for the fishing households

Some lines about Chittiamma's Journey

SAMUDRAM detail profile

Report on SAMUDRAM

Formation and legal status:

The organisation started functioning in the year 1993 from Sana Nolia Nuagam as a federation of 15 Women organisations of Ganjam and Puri district with the due facilitation of United Artists’ Association, Ganjam and got itself registered in the year 1995-96 under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 with registration number- 4287/95-96.

Area of operation:

At present the operational head quarter of the organisation is at Katuru village in Chatrapur Block of Ganjam district. The organisation operates 52 coastal habitation populated by marine fishing community in 9 blocks in 4 coastal districts i.e. Ganjam, Puri, Jagatsingpur and Baleswar district of Orissa and is supporting fellow women in Kendrapada district with little intervention in community organization and alternate livelihoods promotion along with Orissa Marine Resources Conservation Consortium.

Address for communication:

AT: Katuru
PO: B. Aryapali
Via: Chatrapur
District: Ganjam
PIN: 761 020
Contact No: +91 6811 230050


The organisation aims at empowering traditional marine women in all aspects of life and foster unity, solidarity, love, peace and mutual concern among themselves with a special focus on marine resource conservation and sustainable fisheries.

  • Promote self-esteem and dignity among the traditional marine women fish workers.
  • Enhance socio-economic, political and cultural status of the traditional marine women.
  • Capacity building of traditional marine women to counter confidently any law or system that is detrimental to their interest.
  • Improve quality of life by developing living conditions of traditional marine women through spread of education and better health practices promoted by member organizations in collaboration with like minded organizations and Government.
  • Provide opportunity for Fair Trade to marine fishers to improve their economic status.
  • Act as a nodal point for collection, compilation & dissemination of relevant information related to market, governmental schemes and programs, opportunities for livelihoods improvement etc.
  • Improve skill of members by providing training and produce and market processed fisheries products to provide increased income of the members.
  • Promote a sense of responsibility towards conservation marine Bio-Diversity among members and other likeminded groups.
  • Promote networking among other like-minded organisations working for a common cause.
Major Achievements:
  • Promoted girl child education in operated villages
  • Strengthened community cohesiveness by promoting groups and federating them at different level.
  • Initiated web-based product promotion to trade above products produced by members
  • Joined hands with other environmental groups to protect and promote marine bio-diversity and Intrusion of trawlers violating OMFRA.
  • Developed skill and produced value added fisheries products like hygienically processed and packaged dry-fish,
  • Increased income of fishers by promoting community cooperative trade initiative
  • Improved community level infrastructure for fish/prawn preservation, stocking and processing.
  • OUAT etc. and obtained technology for improved fish processing
  • Brand promotion of value added products through web hosting.
  • Established linkage with academic/ research institutes like CIFE, Mumbai, College of Fisheries,
  • Encouraged banks for supporting individuals and Fisher women SHGs with credit support.
  • Promoting marine and brackish water weed culture to protect bio-diversity and provide alternate income to fishers with the support of Algal center of Berhampur University.
  • Promoted crab fattening, duck and hen rearing, small business etc. for additional income generation of members in villages near mass nesting sites with the support of OMRCC members.
  • Deployed artificial reefs to protect and promote fish habitats’ in collaboration with OMRCC members and CMFRI.
  • Promoting clean beach concept on communities for safe nesting of turtles with the support of OMRCC members, ensured community participation in nest monitoring
NETWORK of Marine Women Fishworkers Organisation:

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