The fourth edition of the annual Vembanad Fish Count will be held here on May 26.

The event organised to enhance cooperation between various stakeholders, government departments, non-governmental organisations, and academic institutions will be flagged off by environmentalist K.V. Dayal from the Muhamma boat jetty at 6 a.m. on May 26.

The closing ceremony will be held at the VIP Island Pavilion at the Punnamada Finishing Point where Vice-Chancellor of Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies B. Madhusoodana Kurup will inaugurate the function at 2 p.m.

Prior to the fish count, a training programme will be organised at St. George Parish Hall near Muhamma boat jetty. Former additional director of Fisheries Department Sanjeev Ghosh will conduct a session on ethical fishing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. This will be followed by an orientation for volunteers headed by Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies professor K.V. Jayachandran.

The event will have participants from Kerala State Biodiversity Board; Vembanad Nature Club; Regional Agricultural Research Station, Kumarakom; St. Albert's College, Ernakulam; Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE); School of Environmental Studies, Mahatma Gandhi University; Conservation Research Group Kerala; Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies; and lake protection forums around the Vembanad region.

Those interested can contact ATREE at Ph: 98460-09339 and 92873-50408, and register themselves for the fish count.

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