Sensitization program on fisheries and ecosystem management at East Kolkata Wetland by ICAR-CIFRI
Barrackpore, 17th April, 2024
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute has organized an awareness program on fisheries and ecosystem management under the East Kolkata Wetland project funded by the Department of Environment, Govt. of West Bengal. The program was conducted at 4 No Bheri and Sardar Bheri, Kolkata, West Bengal on the 16th and 17th of April 2024, respectively. At 4 No Bheri, a total of 32 farmers including 14 women and 18 men participated in the programme, while at Sardar Bheri 48 farmers including 18 women and 30 men participated in the programme. The program was led by Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI addressed the gathering and enlightened the fishers on several areas such as sustainable fish farming, disease and health management of fish, application of drone-based technology for spraying liquid medicine to reduce time and manpower and management of exotic fish, especially crocodile fish in East Kolkata Wetlands. He emphasized on use of different management measures including restriction of the entry of crocodile fish through the inlet canal into the culture system, screening of fish seeds to avoid entry of crocodile fish seeds into the culture system and the possible use of crocodile fish as a source of protein in animal and fish feed. Later, Dr. S. Samanta, HoD, FRAI Division, ICAR-CIFRI addressed the gathering and motivated the farmers on ecosystem management of the wetland area and better management practices in the fish production system.

He also emphasized future collaborations between ICAR-CIFRI and East Kolkata Wetland fishers for effective fisheries and ecosystem management. Dr. Chayna Jana interacted with fishers and highlighted the role of drone-based technology in fisheries and ecosystem management. The technology could be effectively used to map different wetlands of the regions and apply medicine/ feed when necessary in a very short span of time. Dr. Vikash Kumar sensitized the fishers about the sewage-fed fisheries and the outbreak of various diseases in fish. He also provided various management options to control diseases in fish. Later, the ICAR-CIFRI team collected information about the culture/farming system based on a questionnaire to develop a future course of action. Water, sediment and fish samples were also collected from the sewage canal, inlet, midpoint and outlet area of Bheri and brought to the laboratory for further analysis. The program was coordinated by by Mr. Asim Kumar Jana and the research scholars of the EKWs project namely Kampan Bisai, Snehasis Dalal, Angana Majumder and Rumali Sahoo with great efficiency.

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