Fisheries deptt destroyes illegal fishing gears

Srinagar: The Department of Fisheries Monday set ablaze 713 illegal nets confiscated in the last four months in the presence of the Joint Director Fisheries and Chief Project Officer Gagribal.
A statement issued the department said that Fisheries Act prohibits use of any illegal gear and explosive poisonous substances like bleaching powder.
The statement added that the department use of illegal fixed gears result in the destruction of brooders and juveniles thereby resulting in the decline of the fish catch.
However, the department said that most of the 750 bona fide registered fishers along Dal Lake were regularly involved in fishing activities without causing any depletion in the capture fisheries through operation of legal gears.
The statement added that to compensate losses caused by illegal gears, the department carries out stocking in Dal Lake.