Thereafter, the Department started functioning as a Directorate since 1979. The status of the Chief Fishery Officer was upgraded to the Director of Fisheries, Manipur. All the district level offices headed by one District Fishery Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Fish Farmers' Development Agency (except Imphal East District) each along with both technical and administrative staffs were opened for effective implementation of various developmental plan schemes of the Department.
For implementation of the, various developmental plan schemes/projects, suitable manpower management is a must both qualitatively as well as quantitatively. The Department is headed by a Director who is the executive head of the Department. He is assisted on the technical side by one Additional Director, one Joint Director, one Deputy Registrar Co¬operative Societies(Fishery) along with 4(four) Fishery Officers for implementation of various developmental plan schemes. In administration, he is assisted by one Administrative Officer along with a Superintendent and an Account Officer. All the districts have one District Fishery Officer assisted by a Project Officer(Fishery) along with technical and administrative staffs. The Department is also implementing Fish Farmers' Development agencies, one each in each of the 9 districts (except Imphal East District) headed by one Chief Executive Officer, under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Development of Freshwater Aquaculture.