Endemic fishes are an important part of the natural heritage of the country and hence their sustainable management is important concern in view of growing aquaculture and fisheries. Northeast region of India is very rich in the world's fish biodiversity and the region harbours several endemic fish species. The country represents over 191 endemic fish species in general while 146 in northeastern region in particular which are under a particular threat through population growth. This growth causes heavy demands on water resources for domestic purposes, for industry, and for agriculture. Growth also causes increased pollution, a continuing problem which is difficult to control. Additionally, growth in population has resulted in a policy of large scale transfers of fishes, both native and exotic, to increase protein production. These exotic species threaten native fishes particularly the endemic fishes, competing for habitat and food, consuming native/endemic species and introducing parasites and diseases.
Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal, Nainital organized two-day National Workshop on "Coldwater Endemic Fishes of North east: Avenues and challenges" during Nov 5-6, 2015 in Gangtok, Sikkim.
The workshop was inaugurated by Shri Somnath Poudyal, Minister of Fisheries, Government of Sikkim.
Shri Sreenivasulu, IAS, Commissioner-cum-Secretary Fisheries and Cooperation, Dr V.V.Sugunan former Director ICAR-CIFRI and Ex ADG (IFy) ICAR, New Delhi and Dr Gopal Krishna, Director ICAR-CIFE were also present on the occasion.
Dr A K Singh, Director ICAR-DCFR welcomed the delegates and apprised on the theme of the National Workshop.
The two-day long workshop ended with important recommendations and action plan for development of culture & breeding protocols and captive management of important endemic fish species like Semiplotus semiplotus, Neolissocheilus hexagonolepis, Osteobrama belangiri, Labeo pangusia, Schistura spp. Botis spp etc. There were over 116 participants from the state fisheries departments of Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, ICAR Research Institutes, State Agriculture Universities, KVK, NGOs, Fish farmers and representatives of ICAR headquarters.
Dr D. Sarma, Principal Scientist, ICAR-DCFR and Organizing Secretary of the Workshop proposed vote of thanks.