The overarching objectives of SAF are

  • To initiate, encourage and strengthen locally social organisation among fisherwomen in coastal areas
  • To provide assistance to the fisherwomen of BPL for enterprising the skill of expertise, business development, preparation of plan estimates, organisation of resource and market surveys, performance improvement programme etc. and encourage and guide the enterprises and to arrange credit facilities for them
  • To help the fisherwomen to avail the development schemes and women welfare schemes, women empowerment schemes implemented by Local Self Government/State Government/Central Government/other Agencies.
  • To pick up micro enterprises for traditional fisherwomen in the neighborhood groups framed by Local Self Government/NGO's and assist them technically/financially to start new micro enterprises.
  • To strengthen the socially based Self Help Groups and neighborhood groups under Grama Panchayat, Municipalities and Corporation.
  • To strengthen the socially and co-ordinate of poverty eradication programmes.
  • Need based convergence of resources of various Departments and organizations for fisherwomen welfare activities.
  • To promote the BPL fisherwomen, who are not members of existing SHG's, to organize livelihood based SHGs and to start micro enterprises.
  • To organize activities under the leadership of Women for health, education and developmental programmes in fisheries sector.
  • To formulate and utilization of a multi-disciplinary team, including experienced officials, for implementation of project for integrated development of fisherwomen in all areas.
  • To assist in improving the efficiency of SHGs for planning and implementation special schemes in fisheries sector.
  • To strengthen the organized livelihood activities of fisherwomen groups and to strengthen their economic efficiency.
  • To organize the activities to protect basic infrastructure facilities and the basic rights of fisher folk.