Fishing activities have been banned in the district for a period of 61 days — June 1 to July 31 — to facilitate fish breeding season. There are over 1,500 lakes, ponds, and other waterbodies, Cauvery and Shimsha rivers, Krishnaraja Sagar (KRS) reservoir near Srirangapatna, and Shiva Anekat near Shivanasamudra near Malavalli. These waterbodies produce several lakhs of tonnes of fish every year.
Fishing rights have been given to fishermen/fishermen cooperative societies on lease according to the leasing policy, officials at the Department of Fisheries told The Hindu here on Thursday.
Nevertheless, fishing at these water resources will be banned for a certain period — 45 to 60 days — every year to prevent destruction of breeding grounds of fish, they said.
According to a senior official at the department, the order was issued recently and personnel from the fisheries, revenue, police and other departments/agencies concerned will be involved in enforcing the ban order. Those violating the ban order will be booked or dealt with according to the law, he said.
There are over 5,000 fishermen families in the district who are involved in fishing activities. Whilst around 30 % of fish is sold in local domestic markets, the remaining will be supplied to Bengaluru, Mysuru, and Ooty and other towns of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
KRS backwaters, Meenakshipura near KRS, places on either sides of Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary in the Cauvery, around Kokkare Bellur Bird Sanctuary in Shimsha, areas around bathing ghats near Srirangapatna, near Shivanasamudra waterfalls, Gaganachukki waterfalls, Cauvery fishing camp, and Kere Thonnur Lake are some of the places known for fishing activities in the district.