TINSUKIA: A joint team consisting of magistrate, police, forest and fishery officials launched an extensive operation against illegal fishing activities at Maguri-Motapung Beel, a wetland about 8 km from Tinsukia.
The operation that began during the intervening night of Sunday continued till wee hours of Monday. The raid yielded seizure of huge quantity of fishing gears that included 45 nets of different sizes, 800 traps besides two boats. The officials also seized live fishes weighing around 300 kg which were released in the water body.
The team members included Bhaskar Jyoti Bora, assistant commissioner, Pranjal Kumar Das, fisheries development officer, Biren Baruah, deputy ranger Guijan, and Lilakanta Chutia, OC Guijan OP. Bhaskar Jyoti Bora said that fishing was banned from April 1 to June 15 as per Assam Fishery Rules 1953 (Amended 2005) under Clause 23 to protect the breeding grounds, brood fishes and spawns for enhancing quality fish seed and fish production.