Workshop on “Coldwater Endemic Fishes Of North Eastern Himalaya: Avenues and Challenges”
5 Nov, Gangtok : A National workshop on “Coldwater Endemic Fishes Of North Eastern Himalaya: Avenues and Challenges” was inaugurated at the Mini Conference Hall of Manan Bhawan, Gangtok.
Organised by the Directorate Of Coldwater Fisheries-ICAR, Bhimtal (Nainital in Uttrakhand ), the workshop was graced by Hon’ble Minister for Fisheries, Government of Sikkim – Shri Somnath Poudyal as the Chief Guest.
Shri. Sreenivasulu(IAS) Commissioner-cum-Secretary of Fisheries and Cooperation, Government Of Sikkim ; Dr.Gopal Krishna, Director-ICAR/CIFE (Mumbai) ; Dr. V.V Sugunan, Former Director ICAR-CIFRI and Ex ADG,ICAR (New Delhi) were the illustrious Guests of Honour for the inaugural function of this workshop which is aimed towards highlighting the endemic and indigenous species and contrive ideas and projects towards providing livelihood support to the local people.
After the ceremonial lighting of lamps, the Director of ICAR-DCFR – Dr.A.K Singh presented flower bouquets and khadas in felicitation of the Chief Guest, Shri Somnath Poudyal and the Guests of Honour. In his welcome address, Dr.A.K Singh thanked the Hon’ble Minister for always being committed and dedicated towards the Department Of Fisheries. He informed that Sikkim contributes 1/6th of the total trout production in the country. He added that Sikkim’s fish production has considerably gone up over the years in comparison to other states in the North East region.
Hon’ble Minister for the Department Of Fisheries, Shri Somnath Poudyal wished all the participants for a fruitful learning experience and requested them to make maximal use of this workshop. He added that learning is a never ending process and said that such workshops are a necessity for progress and development. He said that India is one of the richest nations in biodiversity and Sikkim constitutes a significant part of this. Shri.Poudyal further stated that Sikkim occupies an important place in the coldwater fishing of the North East Sector due to the abundance of natural resources and hence, this bounty can be of great help in promoting newer avenues of employment in the state. He highlighted on the need to be vigilant about the rapidly depleting resources and enunciated that scientific knowledge can be utilised and implemented into the fishing sector for benefit of the fish, the fish farmers and nature.
The function also saw the felicitation of progressive fish farmers of the North East Region. Five progressive fish farmers from Sikkim were also felicitated.
During the programme a bulletin “Coldwater Endemic Fishes of Northeastern Himanaya” by DCFR and authored by Dr. A.K.Singh was also released.
The workshop which began today and will end on the 6th of November,2015 is divided into two technical sessions where eminent and distinguished officials from the DCFR-Bhimtal and the Fisheries Departments of Sikkim, Nagaland,Manipur, Assam, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh will be delivering talks on Endemic Fish Resources, Ecology & Management,Diversification, Breeding& Genetics of Endemic Fish Species. The workshop also has participants from various notable Fishery Institutes from all over the North East Region and North India Region.
An Exhibition has also been put up by the organisers at the ground floor of Manan Kendra in-sync with the national workshop.