Gangtok, November 21:The Directorate of Fisheries observed the World Fisheries Day – 2021 by organizing Workshops and Awareness programs in all four District of the state. World Fisheries Day is celebrated across the world on 21st November annually. The main purpose behind this day is to highlight the importance of sustainable stocks of fisheries in the world. It also focuses on other related factors such as the necessity of healthy and balanced water ecosystem and surroundings. World Fisheries Day marks a significant day for the fisher-folk communities.
Programs were organized at Gangtok in the East District, at Upper Sreebadam in West District, at Namchi in South District and at Ramthang in North District. Shri N. Jaswant, Director of Fisheries attended the program held at Gangtok by the East District. Fish farmers and fishermen of the respective district attended the program where importance on conservation of riverine fisheries resources was highlighted by the departmental officials. The participants were also made aware about the newly recognized State Fish of Sikkim commonly known as “Chocolate Mahseer” and locally known as “Katley” and its importance in the State’s ecosystem. The Directorate of Fisheries called for joint support of the department and the community to curb illegal fishing.
The participants were made aware of the various schemes like Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana (PMMSY) and the recently launched Mukhya Mantri Matsya Utpadan Yojana (MMMUY) by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Sikkim Shri Prem Singh Tamang (Goley) on 28th October 2021. They were also made aware of the benefits that can be availed under the schemes.
Certificate of Appreciation was distributed to the following fisheries entrepreneurs for their exceptional work, namely, Shri Rajdeep Thapa, Smt. Amrita Sharma, Shri Rudra Narsing Sakya and Shri Vivek Chettri from East District and Shri Kessang Dorjee Bhutia from West District. Two officials from the Directorate of Fisheries: Shri B B Tamang, Block Officer (Makha), and Shri Durga Psd Chettri, Head Fisheries Guard (Gangtok) were also provided with a certificate of appreciation in due recognition of their hard work and dedication.
Recently, with the focused attention of the state government towards the fisheries sector the Directorate is functioning with new vigour and energy. The domestic fish production of the state which was negligible in the past has increased to 465 MT during the year 2020-21 thereby increasing the per capita fish consumption to 1.17 Kg. With the advent of various central and state govt. schemes the Directorate will be targeting to increase the per capita fish consumption up to the national average of 10 kg in the times to come.
(Press Release from Directorate of Fisheries)