The AFS was established in 1984 with Head Quarters in the Philippines and a few of us who were the founding members started the Indian Branch in the year 1986. The First Indian Fisheries Forum was held in 1987 in Mangalore which was a grand success. Since then, every three years, the AFS Indian Branch has been holding the Indian Forum successfully.
In fact it is the only Branch of the AFS which has been holding the national event once in every 3 years with out any break. During the past 25 years, the Indian Fisheries Forum has made its presence as an established platform to share fisheries knowledge through conferences, seminars, brain storming, workshops, and publications to bring in to focus the recent issues in research, technology, and development.
Commencing in 1987, till now the AFSIB has conducted 11 Indian Fisheries Forum at various locations successfully and Branch was able to bring together researchers, students, technocrats, policy makers, entrepreneurs, fish farmers and public under one umbrella
Numerous seminars and workshops have been conducted by the branch on many topical issues such as Exotic Species, Freshwater Prawn, Reservoirs, Ovaprim, Fisheries Education, the details of which are presented elsewhere. The proceedings of all workshops have been published.
The Indian Branch has instituted up to 10 Young Scientists Awards during the Indian Fisheries forum. Many promising students and scholars have been selected for these awards which comprise a cash award and citation.
The AFSIB has brought out the proceedings of all Indian Fisheries forum and workshops. The list of publications may be seen elsewhere in this website