Anglers Association Nagaland (AAN) holds meet
Dimapur, May 10: The Anglers Association Nagaland (AAN) held its first official meeting on May 7 at Naithu Resort, Nousi Auditorium, chaired by Mhonbemo Ngullie, General
Watinuksung Jamir, President, AAN in his welcome address spoke on the river systems of Nagaland having rich biodiversity of ornamental species in the river bodies.
As per record Nagaland being blessed with 9 major and 11 minor rivers has vast potentials of promoting ecotourism through angling, he said adding that there are about 149 different species of fishes found in the river bodies and out of which 118 species are endemic fresh water ornamental fishes.
It was made known that about 48 species of fishes are non-classified and yet to be identified. He stressed on the need to conserve and protect the river ecosystems and called upon the members to be a responsible citizen as an angler keeping in mind the motto, “Where Passion Meets Conservation”.
Further, the house discussed on the formation of a mobile team, inviting scientists on exploration of the river bodies for DNA sample collections and for proper study and identification of the non-classified species. The association also discussed on identification of some river stretches for creating fish sanctuaries especially in the river bodies wherever it is convenient and found conducive.
Vice-Chief Patrons, AAN, Kechangulie Rio (Chabuo) and Isaac Zhimomi also attended the meeting and exhorted the gathering. Kechangulie Rio expressed his happiness on being part of the association and encouraged the members on conservations of river bodies in promoting sustainable fishing.
Isaac Zhimomi, also the founder President, was delighted on the progress and growth of the association over the past years, with more focus on preservation and conservation and heading towards river angling.
Ricky Ozukum, on behalf of the outing office bearers congratulated the new team and urged them to work with dedication and selflessly for the growth of the association. Derek D’Souza, Technical Advisor also expressed on the rivers of Nagaland, which is home to the mahseers and to practice on the catch and release by every angler.
Meanwhile, Anglers Association Nagaland will also observe the World Fish Migration Day throughout the state in coordination with all its district chapters.
The meeting concluded with vote of thanks delivered by Hokivi Chophi, Vice-President, AAN. (Page News Service)