Report of Ranching programme in River Ganga Nawabganj Ghat, 27th July, 2019
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute has organized a ranching cum awareness programme under NMCG project entitled ‘Assessment of fish and fisheries of the Ganga River System for Developing Suitable conservation and restoration plan’ at Nawabganj Ghat, Icchhapur, West Bengal on 27th July, 2019. As a part of NMCG project, ICAR- Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) is observing and monitoring on regular basis for restoration of IMC population like rohu, catla and mrigal in the river Ganga at 18 different places of 4 states as the aims of CIFRI-NMCG project are to understand the present status of fish diversity in river Ganga and identify the issues related to sustainable fisheries, formulation of strategies to conserve fish biodiversity, restoration of depleted Indian Major Carps (IMC) fish Stock, produce seeds of selected fish species like IMC (Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Kalbose) and Mahseer for ranching, etc. A total of 25 fish ranching programme along with awareness camp have been organized in West Bengal, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar to conserve fish biodiversity along with restoration of fish stock.
Noted fisheries experts like Dr. C. Vasudevappa, Vice Chancellor, NIFTEM, Haryana, Dr. S. C. Pathak, Dr. Usha Moza, Dr. Ashok K. Sahu, Dr. V. R. Chitranshi graced the occasion. Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI and PI, CIFRI-NMCG project highlighted importance of sustainable fishery of open waters, conservation of aquatic biodiversity, restoration of fish habitat, etc. Ranching can increase fishers’ income from rivers and improved livelihood of poor fisher folks, he added. Dr. R. K. Manna, Pr. Scientist sensitized to local fishers that rohu, catla, mrigal and kalbose not only increase the fish population but also maintain the riverine environment by removing detrital load in the river. Dr. A. K. Sahu also urged the fishers not to use any type of destructive fishing gear for at least 3-4 days in this stretch of the river to allow released fishes to get accustomed in the riverine environment. As a part of this ranching programme, around 60 thousand fish seed were released in river Ganga. The local fishers highlighted the various issues like use of poison for fishing, use of unscientific fishing gear, severe water pollution etc. and requested for urgent necessary administrative intervention to improve the fishery. The programme was covered by local media.