The District has 70 kms of sea coast. It stretches from Kadalundi Nagaram in the north to Palappetty in the south. The Coastal belt is in Vallikkunnu, Parappanangadi, Tanur, Vettom, Purathur, Veliyancode, Perumpadappu Panchayat and Ponnani Muncipality. Main Fishing Centres are Ponnani, Koottayi, Parappanangadi and Tanur. High sea fish catching operations with mechanised boats are centred in Ponnani and Parappanangadi. Ponnani is a major fisheries port with about 350 mechanised boats. There are Fisheries guide lights, at Ponnani and Tanur to help night fishing. Fishermen welfare programmes are undertaken by fisheries department and Matsyafed. The office of Deputy Director of Fisheries is at Ponnani and the District Officer of Matsyafed is at Tirur.
There are schemes to provide fishing equipments, houses, latrines and other amenities to fishermen. There are educational assistance schemes, financial assistance during off season, etc. for the benefits of fishermen. A Fish Farmer Development Agency (FFDA), to promote inland fishing is also functioning.