Post-Amphan support for Sustainable Fisheries Development of SC Fishers of Sagar Island, West Bengal

20th October, 2020, Barrackpore

In the midst of COVID-19 Pandemic situation, the ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata in collaboration with local NGO, SKSVYCS distributed 9,000 Kgs of fish feed, 5,000 Kgs of lime and 800 Kgs of fish seed to the 250 SC beneficiaries of Sagar Island today.

The Sagar Island or Gangasagar is situated in the Sundarban Delta, West Bengal. Most of the people living in the Island are economically backward. The Island is highly vulnerable to cyclone and other natural disasters. The super cyclone Amphan in the recent past caused severe damage in the Island, destroyed several homes and other infrastructures. The heavy tidal waves during the Amphan caused saltwater inundation in several fish ponds and agricultural lands leading to a huge loss of fisheries and agricultural crops in the Island.

The Institute extended the advisory and distributed fisheries inputs to the villagers of Sagar Island, Sundarban for fisheries development. Around 250 SC beneficiaries of the Island were distributed the Lime, Fish feed and fish seed during the occasion.

Dr. B.K. Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore, Kolkata advised the fishers on the scientific fish culture and also motivated them for an integrated farming system which will provide not only plant-animal protein, but also sustainable livelihood for the individual households. The beneficiaries were also provided the mango sampling for their kitchen gardens.

The fishers of Gangasagar were also empowered on the Dolphin Conservation and their importance for the biodiversity in the Dolphin Awareness Programme organized during the occasion.

(Source: ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute, Barrackpore, Kolkata)