2nd October 2016, Nagaon, Assam
Two-day National Interactive meet of scientists, stakeholders, Entrepreneurs on “Mahseer in Recreational Fisheries and Eco-tourism in Northeast India” was organized by ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal at Jasingfaa Aqua Tourism Centre, Nagaon (1st – 2nd October, 2016).
Shri Parimal Shuklavaidya, Fisheries Minister of Assam, in his inaugural address emphasized that Fish Farming is an integral part of North-Eastern Region particularly in Assam where about 95% of the peoples are fish eater and also love fish for recreation. He said Jasingfaa Aqua Tourism Resort successfully established fish based eco-tourism at Nagaon, Assam through technical support of ICAR-DCFR which is serving as a model in NEH region of the country. He also released a publication, “Mahseer in recreational fishery and ecotourism in India” on this occasion.
Dr. A.K. Singh, the Director of ICAR-DCFR, Bhimtal highlighted that Mahseer is an important sport fish forming cornerstone in recreational fisheries and ecotourism particularly in the North Eastern region.
About 120 delegates from different parts of the country including scientists, academicians, state fishery officials, NGO’s, entrepreneur and angler’s participated.
An angling festival was also organized on the first day where 96 anglers from different Northeastern states and also Uttarakhand participated.
Further, 30 post graduate students of Tourism department were also given training on various aspects of eco-tourism.
(Source: ICAR-Directorate of Coldwater Fisheries Research, Bhimtal)