Manipur is exploring development of cold water fisheries in hill districts

A brain storming meeting was held on May 20 at the Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur in Lamphelpat to discuss the feasibility of developing cold water fisheries and aquaculture in Manipur, especially in the hill districts.

Officials from the Fisheries Ministry, aquaculture experts and scientists representing state and central government agencies were present at the meeting.

The meeting was organized by the Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur in collaboration with the ICAR – Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research (DCFR), Bhimtal, Uttarakhand.

Director Fisheries, Manipur H. Balkrisna Singh welcomed the initiative and also expressed his appreciation for the efforts of Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Director, DCFR, for visiting Manipur and inspiring stakeholders to develop a roadmap for aquaculture and conservation strategies.

Stressing the need for discussion, debate and formulation of a proper plan for the management and development of the state’s fisheries resources, he stated that he is optimistic that cold water fisheries will be developed in the state.

He emphasized on the available potential and logistical and technical support, involving officials, provided by DFCR, Bhimtal and Manipur University.

Dr. Pramod Kumar Pandey, Director, ICR-DCFR, participated in the brainstorming session and advised the district fisheries officers of hill districts to collect accurate data on rivers, lakes, reservoirs and water bodies with perennial water sources for research into the feasibility of cold water fisheries and aquaculture. , issue protocols or strategies, develop ecotourism, fishing sanctuaries and ornamental fisheries for native fish species and raise awareness about the prohibition of illegal fishing practices.

Moreover, he also emphasized on the introduction of fish feed technology based on available local feed ingredients and assured of providing hand support to the officials of Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur and other logistical and technical assistance through the Department of Zoology, Manipur University, where a In the near future, a breeding unit for cold water fish species will be set up under the sponsorship of DCFR, Bhimtal.

He also advised the Manipur Fisheries Director to submit a proposal through the concerned ministry for setting up a fish pathology laboratory in Manipur under the PMMSY program and suggested a state-level workshop sometime in December this year for stakeholders to be held in Imphal. all input and real-time data collection are completed.

Speaking during the session, subject expert Dr. Rameshori Yumnam, Assistant Professor at the Department of Zoology, Manipur University, dwelt on robust data collection and conservation activities by imposing a ban on illegal fishing practices and developing fish sanctuaries at suitable hotspots through direct participation of locals. population.

Sapam Jiten Singh, District Fisheries Officer, Chandel highlighted the scope and potential of cold water fisheries in Manipur through a PowerPoint presentation.

Senior officials from Directorate of Fisheries, Manipur and District Fisheries Officers also participated in the discussion and contributed their knowledge and practical experiences.

Cold-water fishing has gained economic importance in India in recent years. It occupies a prominent place among freshwater fish. It is generally performed in the waters that remain in the temperature range of 5 to 25 degrees Celsius throughout the year. By introducing the cultural practice in Manipur, it will not only bring economic benefits to the poor villagers of hill districts but also supplement fish production in Manipur.