Awareness campaign on the "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga" under ICAR-CIFRI-NMCG project

Last Updated on 22.04.2017



A mass awareness campaign on the "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga" under ICAR-CIFRI-NMCG project entitled "Assessment of fish and fisheries of the Ganga River System for Developing Suitable conservation and restoration plan" was organized at Milan Dwip, Balagarh, Hooghly, West Bengal on 22nd April, 2017. The program aims at sensitization of the local fishers about declining fish biodiversity as well as total fish catch from river Ganga caused by various factors especially indiscriminate destruction of brooders and juvenile fishes through use of zero mesh destructive fishing gears and also asking for their active cooperation towards success of proposed river ranching program for restoration of fishery of Indian major carps in middle and lower stretch of River Ganga. A 210 numbers of local fishers from nearby fishing villages like Sripur, Milangarh etc participated in the program. Children and spouses of fishers have also gathered in large numbers. The program started with songs and dances by children of fishers' family. Dr. Aparna Roy, Scientist, CIFRI started the program with brief introduction about the program. In his welcome address, Dr. R. K. Manna, Sr. Scientist mentioned in detail about the requirement of such program. He mentioned that proposed river ranching program can only be successful if the fishers are actively cooperated for its implementation. Pollution by industrial and anthropogenic loading including solid waste like plastics should be handled in war-footing to achieve the goal of "Nirmal dhara" as dreamed in "National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG)", he added. Mr. Nikhil Sarkar, member, Sripur Balagarh Anchal Matsyajibi Co-operative Society welcomed the gathering and mentioned about different activities of the Society to improve the livelihood of the local fishers. He requested Central and State Govt. Officials to have some fishery related projects in the area especially utilizing the narrow channel created by bifurcation of the river that may help the local fishers. Mr. Madhusudan Biswas, a reputed social worker in the area asked fishers to strive to save the Mother Ganga by restoring its well known fish biodiversity. Mr. Parthasarathi Das, Fisheries Extension Officer, Hooghly district mentioned about various schemes of State Dept. and asked the fishers to utilize the benefit of those schemes. On behalf of Assistant Director of Fisheries, Hooghly district he promised to extend all possible help for restoration of fisheries of the river. Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist mentioned about the use of zero mesh net in different stretches of the river like Farakka that is creating havoc behind declining biodiversity and requested the fishers not to use such highly destructive fishing gears. Mr. Asit Biswas, member, fishers' cooperative society mentioned the destructive role of various gears in the area especially "Chaurpata jal", a set barrier with zero mesh net. Mr. Ratan Biswas, another member of the Society wished that Govt. Administration may be more vigilant especially during breeding season to stop this malpractice of catching of juvenile and brooder fishes. Mr. Kajal Chakraborty, representative, Jila Parishad extended his best wishes for success of NMCG effort to restore fisheries of river Ganga.

Mr. Bishnu Pada Biswas, a local fisher mentioned about use of poison to catch prawns from the river in nearby areas and requested immediate intervention to stop this highly destructive practice. A detailed plan for possible utilization of the canal has been submitted by the Co-operative Society to Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI. In his presidential address, Dr. B. K. Das has mentioned that detailed study of water level, river flow etc of the channel is necessary besides scrutinizing of administrative and financial implications before the start of any such fishery activity in the canal. He mentioned that the canal can serve as a conservation site for all available fishes of the river, not only the hilsa. He stressed upon self-reliance of the fishers who can utilize the invaluable resource of river Ganga by just adopting the conservation practices and asked for more pro-activism from them. He mentioned that Ganga fishery can only be restored through "Community participation" where Govt organizations and fishermen have to work together to achieve the goal. In his address, Mr. Asim Majhi, MLA, Balagarh, asked the villagers to strive to make a clean Ganga by not allowing any garbage including plastics to be thrown into the river and in this way the goal of "Swachha Bharat" can only be achieved. Ms. T. Nirupada Chanu, Scientist and Co-PI, NMCG project proposed the 'Vote of Thanks'. Successful organization of the program was achieved through support received from Co-PI scientists, technical and research scholars viz. Mr. R. Baitha, Dr. Manas, H. M., Mr. H. M. Swain, Mr. A. Roy Chowdhury, Mr. S. K. Paul, Mr. S. Mandal, Mr. L. Chakraborty, Mr. A. Roy, Mr. P. Samanta, Ms. Aprajita and Mr. T. Bhaumik.




Director's Speech on "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga"

Meeting on "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga"

Meeting on "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga"

Meeting on "Conservation of fishes of river Ganga"