Ranching & tagging in river Ganga: an initiatives by ICAR-CIFRI for wild
fish germplasm restoration under NMCG Project.
On the occasion of 72nd Republic Day of India, ICAR-CIFRI organized fish ranching and
tagging program on 26th January, 2021 at Daspara Ghat Barrackpore, Kolkata, West Bengal
under Namami Gange program. As the commercially important fish species of river Ganga like
Rohu, Catla and Mrigal commonly known as Indian Major Carp (IMC) have been declined
severely over the period due to several anthropogenic stresses. Thus, it is need of the hour to re-
establish these demanding fishes of Ganga through ranching in depleted stretches. The program
was successfully conducted in presence of Dr. B. K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI and Principal
Investigator, CIFRI-NMCG project. He highlighted the present project activities and need of
ranching in river Ganga through leaflets and palmhlets
On the occasion, Shri D. K, Mahajan,
Executive Engineer and Shri Joy Krishna Praharaj, Asst. Engineer of Indira Gandhi Water
Treatment Plant (IGWTP) graced the event as a guests. Giving credit to the efforts of ICAR-
Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, he reckoned about the ongoing degrading situation of
the holy river and urged the local people to initiate active coordination to make the Ganga clean..
As a part of the event, total of 35 thousands of fingerling of Rohu, Catla, Mrigal Calbasu were
released in river Ganga. Besides ranching, 100 fishes were tagged (External floy tag) in order to
know the migration pathway, hence, management measures can be taken to conservation these
natural fish genetic resorces. A mass Dolphin awareness programme was also executed towards
conserving the national aquatic animal of our country. The program was coordinated by Mr. H.S.
Swain along with all NMCG team members and covered by printed and electronic media.