More than one lakh seeds of depleting IMC were ranched in the Ganga river through a series of Ranching programme
To restore and conserve the depleting fishes of the river Ganga ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Prayagraj released more than one lakh fingerlings seeds of Indian Major Carp (IMC) in the Ganga River through a series of ranching cum mass awareness programme under Namami Gange. In total six events were organised and fishes were ranched at different places between Kanpur and Varanasi stretch of Ganga river. Stakeholders of Ganga river ranging from Ganga pilgrim, fishermen to common people participated on these occasions and presided over by chief guest from different walks of life. These mass awareness programmes were organized to sensitize the people inhabiting on the bank of Gaga river about how & why to keep Ganga clean and to aware the fishermen about fish & fishery of the Ganga river. Dr D. N. Jha, Scientist in-charge of Centre informed the participating people about the work done by ICAR-CIFRI to conserver and restore important fishes of the Ganga River under the aegis of NMCG (National Mission of Clean Ganga). He suggested fishermen community not to catch the brooder of IMC during breeding period and not to use mosquito net for fishing purpose. Programmes were also addressed by different scientist of the institute viz. Dr Absar Alam, Dr Venkatesh R Thakur, Dr Monika Gupta etc. emphasizing on importance of ranching in conservation of fish biodiversity of the Ganga river.
The event was attended by representative from Ganga Vichar Manch, Ganga Prahari, Ganga Seva Samiti, Ganga Task force, WII, Fishery Dept. U.P, fishers of nearby villages, fish traders and local people living on the bank of the Ganga and other staff of CIFRI Prayagraj.