Imphal: The Apunba Imagi Machasing (AIMS) on Friday urged the Manipur government to declare a ‘fishing holiday’ during the breeding season of fish in the state.
In a memorandum submitted to fisheries minister Sorokhaibam Rajen Singh, AIMS said that the state government should impose restrictions on fishing from July to August each year to conserve fish stocks in the state during the breeding season.
AIMS, an apex body of fishermen in the state, further said that in order to avoid disturbances during the breeding season, the government needs to direct fishermen not to catch fish during the period.
“It will help unhindered breeding of fish and aim to conserve fish species during the monsoon, which is spawning season for many varieties of fish in Manipur,” said AIMS in a memo.
It is pertinent to declare it as a ‘fishing holiday’ during the breeding period, it added.
“Declaration of the fishing holiday would not only help to conserve the fish stock but also to increase the locally available fish population,” said AIMS director Atom Sunil Singh.
It will lead to reducing the import quality of fish from outside Manipur and will also help to boost the economy of the fishermen, he added.
Fish is one of the essential parts of the daily diet in Manipur as most people relish them, especially in the valley areas. Over the years, with the growth of population, the demand for fish has increased rapidly in the state.
According to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Manipur has a potential to produce around 56,500 metric tonne (MT) of fish per annum.
At present, as per reports, the annual fish production is around 27,000 MT in Manipur. However, the state needs at least 52,000 MT of fish in a year.