FISHFED was Registered under Odisha Cooperative Societies Act 1962 vide Registration. No.1 CTC (Fy)/ 1989-90 Dated 14.08.1989 as an Apex Body of all Primary Fishermen's Cooperative Societies in the State. The Federation became functional from 16th September 1991 and is under the administrative control of Fisheries & A.R.D. Department of Government of Odisha. Currently there are 382 nos. of PFCSs that are affiliated to FISHFED with more than 80000 participating Fishermen members in Inland, Marine and Brackish Water sectors.