There was an inter fleet conflict between the workers of traditional and mechanized fishing vessels, as a result of rapid expansion of mechanized fishing sector in Kerala in the midst of 1970s. This prompted the need for a legislation to safe guard the interest of traditional fishermen and conservation of fishery resources of the State. It was therefore considered necessary to enact a legislation providing for the regulation of fishing by fishing vessels in the sea along the coast line of the State. The Majumdar Committee 1979 recommended that Marine fishing regulation be legislative to protect the artisanal fishermen and preserve the fishery resources. Fisheries being a State subject, Govt. of India prepared a model bill and recommended each Maritime States to legislate the Acts. The Marine Fishing Regulation Act then enacted by one State after another starting with Kerala in 1980.