The ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) recently concluded two workshops addressing pivotal issues related to fisheries and conservation in the Ganga River at its Headquarters in Barrackpore.
On 26th September, the "Stakeholders consultation cum consultative workshop on fish conservation and ranching in River Ganga" was organized, marking the conclusion of a three-year National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) project. The subsequent workshop on 27th September was titled "Stakeholders consultation cum consultative workshop on Hilsa fisheries improvement for sustainable fisheries and conservation in River Ganga. Dr. Basanta Kumar Das, Director of ICAR-CIFRI, provided insights into the project's achievements and detailed the way forward.
Mr. Rajdeep Mukherjee, Policy Analyst, BOBP-IGO, participated in both workshops. Congratulating ICAR-CIFRI on the successful implementation of the project, Mr Mukherjee highlighted that for future work programmes, synergy can be built with neighbouring countries as they share the same concern regarding the depletion of the health of riverine ecosystem and fish stocks, especially hilsa. He outlined the activities of the BOBP-IGO in this regard and called for cooperation to further support the novel initiatives of the ICAR-CIFRI.