Experts identify 84 fish species in Goa’s wetlands

For the first time ever, knowledge of freshwater fish species discovered within the state’s rivers and wetlands was launched on World Wetland Day. Sreekanth G B, an ICAR-CCARI scientist, stated that 84 species have been recognised in rivers and four of the seven recently-notified wetlands.

Sreekanth, stated that 18 of the 84 have been recognised for the primary time. Moreover, 15 crustacean species have been additionally collected and catalogued.

Out of the species recognised, five fall within the susceptible class, whereas four are close to threatened, as per the IUCN standards.

Sreekanth stated that Goa’s rivers and wetlands produce round 150 tonnes of fish per year. He further said that wetlands contribute to food and livelihoods, apart from different ecosystem items and companies; however they are among the most threatened ecosystems. He stated that there’s a huge scope to optimise the fish yield in Goa’s wetlands and rivers, which might present dietary and livelihood safety within the state.

Sreekanth added that to sustainably develop the freshwater fish, useful resource mitigation measures are required, like desiltation of wetlands, opening and widening of linkage channels, sensitisation of stakeholders, and built-in method in wetland administration.

As per the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal’s instructions, the river rejuvenation committee is working to arrange a motion plan to revive polluted river stretches in Goa

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