Srinagar: The Department of Fisheries on Thursday said that 1577 illegal nets were confiscated from fishermen for using illegal fishing gear in Dal Lake.
The officials of Fisheries department said night fishing is not allowed along Dal Lake but some fishermen are involved in indiscriminate fishing by means of illegal gears or installation of illegal gill nets during the night hours resulting in the destruction of brooders and juveniles.
“It results in the decline of the fish catch. The officials of the department have jurisdiction right for the seizure of such illegal gears and the poachers are liable to be punished with fine under law and regulations,” official said.
He added that to compensate such loss the Department of Fisheries adopts regular improvement of the fish stocks through stocking of fish seed in Dal Lake.
“Last year stocking of 5.0 lacs fingerlings were procured from National Fish Seed Farm, Manasbal, in order to augment the fish stocks in wild and ranching programme, helps in the enhancement of fish catch of the down trodden fishermen community of Dal Lake,” official said, “As a result the production of fish catch of the Dal Lake has been increased from 467.11 tonnes in 2015-16 to 509.86 tonnes in 2017-18 and such development has been achieved through proper anti-poaching measures that have been carried out along Dal Lake by the staff posted along the Dal Lake.”
The seized nets were burint in the presence of M.A Mir, Joint Director Fisheries, Territorial Kashmir Division, B.A Bhat Joint Director Fisheries, Projects Kashmir Division, M.M Bazaz Chief Project Officer Gagribal and also in presence of Anti-poaching team constituted by the office of the Chief Project Officer Gagribal.
The Director Fisheries R.N. Pandita appreciated the officials for their action as per the regulations of Fisheries Act which prohibits the use of any illegal gear, explosive poisonous substances like bleaching powder etc and as such the poachers need to be dealt under the law.