21st November, 2014, Allahabad
Allahabad Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute celebrated World Fisheries Day here today. To commemorate the occasion a workshop was organised on“Ganga Nadee kee Bahumulya Matsya Prajatiyan: Sanrakshyan evam Samvardhan kee Awashyakta”. The workshop aimed to highlight the importance of fish diversity of the Ganga river, because the river is known as original abode of the valuable Indian fish species. But, the river is rapidly losing its valuable fish diversity due to cumulative effect of massive anthropogenic activities in the river and along the catchments.
The workshop was organised to discuss the relevant issues with the stakeholders and to sensitise the fishers, fish traders, fish farmers and N.G.O.s of Allahabad about the situation.
Dr. I. C. Agrawal, former Director, Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology, Allahabad and Chief Guest on the occassion, highlighted about maintaining water quality of the river by using various treatment plants along the river course.
Dr. K.D. Joshi, Head of the Regional Centre explained the work done by the centre in recent years on ecology and fisheries of the river Ganga in relation to multiple stressors; pen culture in the region and studies related to climate changes..
Dr. K.W. Warsi, Deputy Director Fisheries, Allahabad and Dr. Gyanendra Singh, ADF also informed the participants about various governmental schemes.
An exhibition was also organised on the occasion displaying various activities of the institute as well as of the Regional Centre. More than 125 participants including fish farmers, fishers, fish traders, officials of state fisheries department, serving and retired scientists of CIFRI, researchers, representatives of N.G. O. & local institutions and students participated in the programme.
(Source: Allahabad Regional Centre of ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute)