ITANAGAR- The Department of Zoology, Himalayan University Itanagar observed the “World Fisheries Day” here at their Jollang Campus.
Kynote speaker of the event, Dr. Feroz Ahmad Shergojri, Head of the Department of Zoology, highlighted the importance of the day and briefed about the fish resources of Arunachal Pradesh and the culture practices followed in the state.
He gave insights about the possible commercialization of fisheries of the state and the fish species that can grow faster in the high altitudes and foot hills of Arunachal.
He said that Indian major prefer the warmer climates and are best suited for culture at the foothills as compared to Chinese carps which can be cultured at high altitudes.
The low temperature of the state also provides a great opportunity for trout farming which is done at a very low scale and for local consumption only.
He also highlighted the sporting fisheries of the state, speaking about the Mahseer fishes and the need for their conservation.
Dr. Feroz emphasized upon taking up aquaculture as a career opportunity on a commercial scale which will eventually help in sustainable conservation of the fish species of the state and provide employment to the youth.
Dr. Nyaton Kitnya, Assistant Professor at the department spoke about the Garra fish and the potential impact of introducing fingerlings on the survival and habitat of Garra.
She observed that the fingerlings obtained from outside the state may spread diseases in the aquatic ecosystems of Arunachal or upon survival may compete for food and space with the native fish populations of the state especially Garra and that could become a risk factor for the survival of native fish species.
The event held at the University Auditorium was attended by the faculty members & students of the department of Zoology.