imphal: The All Lotak Lake Area Fisheries Association of Manipur (ALLAFUM) has decided to restrict all activities, including night-time fishermen’s access along Loktak Lake, for a period of three months to ensure that the migratory birds that visit the lake during the season are undisturbed and further developed. Limited. lake fry.
The restrictions, which came into force on December 30, 2022, will be in place until March 30, said ALLAFUM President Heisnam Arunkumar. Similarly, there will be no tourist boat movement on the lake, he added.
Since 2016, annual limits have been observed in the Northeast’s largest freshwater lake, according to Arunkumar.
“Winter is the time when juveniles grow into more mature fish, and overfishing can quickly deplete fish numbers. In addition, migratory birds come to Loctak Lake during this season, so it is important to keep migratory birds out, especially at night. It’s important not to disturb,” said Arunkumar.
The union also imposed restrictions on the use of LED bulbs at night and the Injao Taba/Inao Taba technique (using small or large fishing nets) during the period.
Additionally, the use of poisons and other lethal techniques such as dynamo in Loktuk Lake is strictly restricted in all seasons.
Mr Arunkumar further said that migratory birds from many countries visit Lake Loktak in winter.
“Using LED bulbs at night is disruptive to their behavior and should not be allowed. To respect them and to keep Loktak a paradise for migratory birds, this season we are limiting the use of LED bulbs. We have to stop and remember that there is huge ecotourism potential, ”he said.
He further stated that motorboats were harmful not only to fish but also to aquatic vegetables, stating, “The union believes that all motorboats regularly operating on Loktak Lake, both large and small, except important ones such as these We hope that we will have to cease operations,” he said, operating scheduled flights between Tanga and Kallang and for medical emergencies. Earlier, the union wrote to the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. ”
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Our appeal was heard and the ministry also asked the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) to take action on this. However, the LDA has remained silent on the matter, he claimed.
ALLAFUM appealed to all Loktak fishermen to respect this decision. He added that he will also appeal to the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) to start banning motorboats and using LED bulbs in night fishing.
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