Fish ranching and Awareness Programme at Belur stretch of river Ganga
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute organized a river ranching cum
fishermen awareness programme on 5 th September, 2018 at Bally (Debendrapara ghat),
Howrah, West Bengal under the ‘Namami Gange’ programme.
As a comprehensive approach to develop fisheries of river Ganga, the Central Inland
Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) is presently monitoring 18 sampling points distributed in
4 different states of the country as a pilot project to rejuvenate fish stocks in the river.
The prime objectives of NMCG sponsored project includes exploratory survey of the
fish diversity, stock assessment of the prized Rohu, Catla, Mrigal, Calbasu and Mahaseer
along with seed production of selected fish species and ranching in the depleted river stretch.
Fishes like Calbasu, Mrigal & Rohu will not only increase the fish catch but also will add in
maintaining the cleanliness of the river as they feed on organic remnants in the river. Till
date, a total of 10 ranching cum awareness programme have been organized in several states
like Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal with an aim to restore and conserve the
depleting fish stock of the river.
Swami Girishananda ji Maharaj, Manger (Ramakrishna Math & Ramakrishna
Mission) was the chief guest of the event. Swami Atmapriyananda ji Maharaj, Vice
Chancellor (Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda Educational and Research Institute) was the
guest of honour. Local councillors Mrs. Chaitali Biswas , Mr. Balaram Bhattacharya and
Prankishore Majumdar were also present as guest of honour. Dr. B. K. Das, Director,
CIFRI, highlighted various aspects of continuous declining health of river Ganga. He urged
the fishermen community to attain sustainable development goals for improving the fish
stocks of river Ganga which in turn could augment the fisheries production in future. As part
of the programme, both the Maharaj has actively participated in fish release (Calbasu, Mrigal
& Rohu) programme in front of Belur Math and express their heartful blessings and
overwhelming success of NMCG Project. The programme was attended by a number of local
active fishermen and their family members.