SRINAGAR: The Fisheries department Friday destroyed stocks of confiscated gill nets and other illegal gears, “to discourage their use”.
Officials say that use of gill nets by fishermen has resulted in rapid depletion of the aquatic life in most of streams and the Dal lake.
Instead of traditional cast nets permitted for fishing in valley streams and lakes, officials say, use of “ecologically ruinous” gill nets – fixed gears mostly used to catch fish in marine waters – have become rampant in valley water bodies.
Chief Project Officer Gagribal M M Bazaz told Kashmir Reader that these nets have devastating impact on aquatic life in rivers and streams and that they hamper productivity and natural breeding of several fish species.
Gill nets are made of multifilament nylon, have a small mesh size and hang as wall in the rivers when laid.
The passing fish get trapped by the gills as they try to back out sensing they cannot pass through.
Bazaz, said despite a ban on such gear their usage is rampant.
“We are confiscating these and even the department persuades fishermen to shun their usage,” Bazaz said.
The department has confiscated 1572 gills nets since March.
The department that provides licenses to fishermen, besides issuing licenses to anglers for use of rod and line equipment, also destroyed other illegal gears confiscated since 2017.
To improve fish breeding, the department recently carried out stocking of fish in Dal lake, introducing five lakh carp fish fry in the lake waters.