Shopian: In an attempt to boost the fish production in district Shopian, the Department of Fisheries stocked various natural water bodies of Shopian district with quality trout fish seeds. As per the Fisheries Department, around 5,000 quantity fish seeds of trout have been stocked in the trout streams in the district which provide suitable conditions for the growth of such species.
On the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Shabir Hussain Bhat said that the Department of Fisheries under Extension Programme is stocking the natural water bodies of district Shopian with quality trout fish seeds.
The seed is procured from Trout Fish Farming Project Kokernag and aims at stocking of fish seeds in the natural water bodies to increase the productivity and the fish catch. The purpose of this fish replenishment programme is to have sustainable livelihood for the fishermen of the district by getting a handsome catch from the natural water resources of the district. The goal will be ensured by taking up regular sustainable stocking programmes.
Assistant Director Fisheries Shopian, Mohammad Aslam said that the fish seeding for the year 2016-17 is 50000 of Carp fishes and 104000 of Trout fishes which amounts to a total of 154000 for the year 2016-17. While as for the year 2017-18, 50000 of Carp fishes and 70000 of trout fishes which amount to a total of 120000 fishes for the year. And, for the year 2018-19, the number is 74000 for Carp fish and 5000 for Trout fishes amounting to a total of 79000 for the year.
He also said the stocking of the high quality of fish seeds would benefit fishermen of district Shopian which are registered with the department and earn their livelihood from various trout streams of the district.