Bonojyotsna, an NGO working in the field of conservation of natural resources and maintenance of ecological balance has been trying to generate public awareness about local species of fishes which are trapped on a large scale for commercial purposes in the wetlands and other water bodies of Golaghat district, thereby pushing several species to the brink of extinction.
Dr Yamini Kumar Baishya, vice-president of Bonojyotsna in a press release stated that a category of Mahaldar catchlocal fish species like Rou, Bhakua, Mirika, Bahu, Chitol, Kharia, Saleng, Gedgedi, Magur, Goroi etc are trapped on large scale by deploying hordes of wage earners without any licence from the district administration.
Bonojyotsna has, therefore, appealed to the general people to restrain from catching fish indiscriminately, specially the muwa fish and female specimens of fish bearing eggs atleast upto the month of August. It urged the district administration and Fishery department of Golaghat to exercise control in allotting licence to the mahaldars haphazardly.
The NGO also sought a curb on catching local species of fish for commercial purposes during the monsoon season.