When the OMRCC was formed in December 2004, several objectives were identified to direct its efforts and functioning.
- To reduce and prevent the over exploitation of marine resources of Orissa.
- To protect the rights of the traditional fisherfolk in Orissa.
- To define the rights, resources, responsibility and roles of the various stake holders in marine conservation in Orissa.
- To work towards sustainable livelihoods of traditional fisherfolk in Orissa.
- To promote and engage in the conservation of threatened marine life in Orissa.
- To conduct periodic assessments of the effectiveness of sea turtle conservation measures in Orissa.
- To conduct periodic assessments of the impacts of sea turtle conservation measures on the livelihoods of fisherfolk of Orissa.
- To promote and facilitate collaborative sea turtle and fishery resource conservation actions in Orissa.
- To evolve and promote a common sea turtle conservation strategy developed by various stakeholders represented in the OMRCC.
- To develop conflict management mechanisms to address fisheries and conservation related issues in Orissa.
- To advocate against polluting activities and environmentally unsustainable development practices in the coastal areas of Orissa.
- To define and promote indigenous, innovative technology for sustainable harvesting of marine resources.
- To develop eco-friendly indigenous markets for marine resources of Orissa.
- To liase with the state government, NGOs, central government, CEC, fishing communities and other policy level institution and bodies to achieve the objectives of the OMRCC.