Fishing season close extended by 15 days
Shimla: Deficient rains has not only taken a toll on fruit and agriculture crops but lesser water in the streams has impacted fish breeding also, forcing the authorities here today to extend the no fishing ban for another fifteen days.
A spokesman for the fishery department said that the fishing close season has been extended upto August 15. Earlier it was to open on August 1.
Failure of monsoon and a sharp drop in the water level in reservoirs has led to serious concerns about fishing activity in the reservoirs, he said.
Being the only source of livelihood for about 4000 fishermen families, the spokesman said that rains were essential for inducement of fish breeding and a further delay in monsoon would like result in failure of breeding.
Each year during fish breeding season, the government bans fishing activity by announcing close season across the state so that spawning and breeding are not affected during the time.
Dammed waters on River Satluj at Bhakra creating the large man made Gobind Sagar lake along with the River Beas Pong Dam back water lake are large reservoirs which provide fishing livelihoods to many fisherman families of the state.