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Fishers & AR dept releases 2 lakh fish fingerlings in Dzü-ü River


Kohima, July 21: Nagaland Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (AR) today released more than 2 lakh fish fingerling during the River Ranching Programme under Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) at Dzü-ü River, Kohima district.
Speaking as the special guest, Director of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Rongsennungba spoke on the importance of rivers and ecosystem of the nature saying that rivers play a vital role in sustaining life on earth by providing water, nutrients, and habitat for countless species while also being a source of food, income, and recreation for the people.
Lamenting unethical fishing practices by people using poison, batteries and generators, he stressed on the need to promote ethical fishing for the long-term benefits.
He said unethical practices not only harms fish populations but also damages the ecosystem while poisons used in the rivers would be harmful to the consumers. In this, he called upon the villages to frame guidelines on ethical fishing techniques and also set fishing and non-fishing months to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks and also to protect the ecosystem.
It is essential to ban fishing during the monsoon season, particularly from June to August as this is the fish breeding season and the fish are in reproductive phase while fishing can disrupt their breeding patterns and reduce their populations, he said.
A brief report about the scheme was shared by Deputy Director Fisheries and AR, Dr. Rongsenkumzuk. The Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying is implementing PMMSY – a scheme to bring about Blue Revolution through sustainable and responsible development of fisheries sector in India at an estimated investment of Rs. 20,050 crores for holistic development of fisheries sector including welfare of fishers in all the States and Union Territories for a period of 5 years from 2020-21 to 2024-25, he said.
PMMSY is designed to address critical gaps in the fisheries value chain from fish production, productivity and quality to technology, post-harvest infrastructure and marketing, he said.
It aims to modernize and strengthen the value chain, enhance traceability and establish a robust fisheries management framework while simultaneously ensuring the socio-economic welfare of fishers and fish farmers.
Head GB of D. Khel Keduoneituo Kire thanked the department for the initiative and also assured to sensitise people to protect the ecosystem of the river.
Kezoma village Chairman Krikrosa Naki said people don’t follow rules and regulations of fishing which is causing a lot of loss and strain in the river bodies. Nonetheless, he sought the support of the department in creating better awareness.
Joint Director of Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Neitho Kuotsu chaired the programme held at Rüdi Resort while Senior Pastor of Sakhabama village, M. Kezo offered prayers and GB of D. Khel, Kohima village Vinyü Yiese tendered the vote of thanks.
(Page News Service)