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South Indian Federation of Fishermen Societies (SIFFS)

SIFFS is a non-governmental organization working in the marine fisheries sector. It is the apex body of organizations of small-scale artisan fish workers.
With over 6,000 member fishermen, organised through 100 primary societies in eight districts of Southern peninsular India, SIFFS over the last two decades has kept its focus on strengthening the artisan fisheries.

SIFFS has played a major role in relief and rehabilitation after the December 2004 tsunami, especially on the Tamil Nadu coast. In addition to providing immediate relief, it has worked on restoring and further enhancing fisheries livelihoods in many areas. SIFFS has partnered with other organizations including the UNDP to set up coordination mechanisms for tsunami rehabilitation.