ICAR-CIFRI conducted Fish Harvest Mela at Sagar Island, Sunderbans

Last Updated on 14.06.2017

Sagar Island is a place of religious importance situated in southern most part of West Bengal. Sagar Island which is also known as Ganga Sagar is a part of Indian Sunderbans rich in Mangrove swamps, water ways and small rivers. The area is cyclone prone, monsoonal and low-lying. People of this region live in physically vulnerable circumstances. Significant number tribal population is noted in various pockets of Sagar Island, particularly the Santhal community. The socio-economic condition of this tribal population is very poor. ICAR-CIFRI took an initiative to support the livelihood of the tribal people of Khansaheb Abad village, Sagar Island under tribal sub plan (TSP). A fish harvest mela was organized by ICAR-CIFRI on 14th June, 2017 to demonstrate the technical feasibility of converting the derelict water bodies into productive resources to the tribal farmers as well as to the planners and policy makers. The fish harvest was started in 7AM and ended up at 11AM. A total of 860.70 kg was harvested from 0.662 ha. The main species were Scatophagus argus, Liza parsia, Liza tade, Rhinomugil corsula, Mystus gulio, as brackish water fish while, fresh water fish were dominated by Catla catla, Labeo rohita, Cirrhimus mrigala, Labeo bata, Puntius sarana and small indigenous fish like Amblypharngyodon mola, Puntius ticto and Salmostomo bacaila. The fishes were sold to public at the Rate of Rs. 180/kg. Ten families are being benefitted and could earn more than RS.2 lakhs in the current year. A public meeting was held just after the mela which was presided over by Sri Bankim Chandra Hazra, MLA, Sagar Island. The chief guest pointed out that culturing fish in derelict waters can be a source of alternative livelihood. The event was witnessed by Mrs. Anita Maity, Sabhpati, Sagar, Sri Pradip Baleswar, Karmadhaksya, Sagar Panchyat and about 100 nos. of villagers. Dr. B.K Das, Director, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore congratulate the tribal people for accomplishment of such good production from the derelict water bodies. He also advised how that could be way out for sustainable livelihood of the tribal population of the Sagar Island. Dr. Archana Sinha, Principal Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI pointed out the importance of fish as protein rich food and appreciate the Swami Vivekanda Youth Cultural Society, Sagar Island for their effort to channelize the tribal people to participate in the livelihood improvement programme. The programme was ended up with vote of thanks by Dr. Aparna Roy, Scientist, ICAR-CIFRI, Barrackpore.

Bumper harvest from derelict waters

Director, CIFRI addressing the gathering

Sri Bamkim Harzra, MLA, Sagar Island with the harvested fish at the TSP programme site

Dr. B.K.Das, Director, CIFRI with the tribal fish farmers

Fish harvesting is on process