Till date more than 9.0 lakhs fish fingerlings were ranched during the period of April to May, 2023 with a target of 22 lakhs. In the present river ranching programme, CIFRI released 2.5 lakhs of advanced Indian Major Carps fingerlings (> 150mm) which was released by our Director, Dr. Basanta Kumar Das. The event was graced by Swami Rashbehari Maharaj Ji (Belur Math, Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math). Swami Ji highlight the importance of river Ganga in our daily lives and urged the fishermen not to litter plastics and other anthropological wastes in river Ganga. He also related mother Ganga with the ancient puranas and asked the local fisherman to avoid indiscriminate fishing. In addition to this, the Sub-Inspector of Bally police station also actively participated in the programme.
A mass awareness campaign was carried out covering 52 local fisheries and fisherwomen along with local residence towards sustainable fisheries, Hilsa and Dolphin conservation. The programme was attended by the eminent scientists of CIFRI along NMCG project members.