Monday, August 31, 2015
Dams, Embankments and Over Fishing dwindle the Hilsa population. Or is it climate change?
We have been getting ground reports from Kendrapada that fishermen are struggling to catch Hilsa fish. There has been a sharp decline in Hilsa catch over the decades. Lack of travelling upstream in rivers make Hilsa breed less. Fishermen in Kendrapada. What more, there has also been a decline in the size of the fish.
Fishermen say the catch has decline by 70 per cent in 20 years and the size of current catches has declined by 75 per cent over the years. Dams, embankments, silted river beds, and change in ocean temperatures may be some of the reasons.
Hilsa is said to have lot of benefits for human health as it has very high level of high density lipoprotein and low level of low density lipoprotein in PUFA that reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, etc.
Can we afford to lose it? No.
For further information, please contact:
Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO)
Mahanadi River Waterkeeper (Member, Global Waterkeeper Alliance)