IMPHAL, October 27: The All Loktak Lake Area Fishermen’s Union, Manipur has expressed concern regarding the lowest fish production of 75 metric ton by the state fishery department for 2014.
According to a release of the union, the State requires at least 48,000 metric tons of fish annually. However, the State produced only 20,000 metric ton of fishes from lakes, rivers, wetlands, fishery ponds etc, by professional fishermen of the state this year, it said.
In order to restore the food security of the State, the Union, has appealed to the State government among others to implement restoration of the Manipur’s riverine system, to improve natural fish production of the State including lakes, rivers, wetlands, fishery ponds etc.
It also called for conservation and restoration of fish and other aquatic breeding sites in the state, to implement special mechanism to protect fish entry into any hydro power turbine with special reference to Loktak power station and effective implementation of state hatchery pools, distribution of fingerlings with special attention towards the professional fisherman (Traditional local fishers) to improve fish production at different levels in the state, it said.