Tribal fishermen have been known to poison water bodies to kill and catch small fish. This practice is, of course, harmful to the aquatic ecosystem and terrestrial animals that drink the water. Further details of sustainable fish farming are given on the LF report for 2014 and entries below this one on the Updates page.

Vijay Pinarkar,TNN NAGPUR:

The NGO Nature Conservation Society Amravati (NCSA) has conducted a series of workshops on sustainable fishery over the last two years. These efforts seem to be bearing fruits in Melghat Tiger Reserve and the NGO believes that wildlife deaths due to poisoning will reduce drastically. 

Around 30 fishermen participated in one recent workshop, and the self help groups (SHGs) at Bori were requested to present their success story to the other participants. Tribals from Bori SHG explained their community experiment and told how they sold a sustainably fish-farmed catch, first at the village and later in the market. One of the SHGs alone earned more than Rs 10,000.

Thanks to Prashant Khade, assistant conservator of forest (ACF) of West Melghat forest division and his support for this initiative, SHG members agreed to deposit 25% of their profits from fish farming in the Joint Forest Management Committee's (JFMC's) bank account.

NCSA has promoted their domestic fishing programmes in the newly constructed water bodies in Melghat buffer villages so that villagers healthily maintain those water bodies too. These practices help to meet the protein requirements of the local tribals.

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