Agartala: A specially knitted Chinese net entering into Tripura via Bangladesh has become a nightmare for the fish cultivators of the state and also causing serious damage to the biodiversity of the water bodies. It is also largely responsible for the state’s failure to increase fish production as per its projection.
The specialty of this net popularly known as current jal is that it is positioned across the water body where the fish or any other living thing like snake or other insects whenever come to its contact could not go out. This type of net is generally used for stealing fish.
Tripura government has imposed total ban on using these nets few years back but on a regular basis these Chinese nets are entering into the state via Bangladesh. Most of these nets are entering into Tripura through Sonamura border and spreading throughout the state.
Use of these nets in the rivers of the state is rampant and what is most worrying is the thieves are using these nets for stealing fish from the ponds of the private owners also. Stealing fish using these nets is so easy that the owners of the ponds are finding it difficult to prevent them.
The people produce fish commercially are finding it difficult to run their business as the thieves are gradually spreading their sphere. ‘We put fish lings in our ponds measuring its length and breadth but at the end of the year don’t get desire production as thieves steal the fish at a young stage’, said Monohar Ali, a fishery owner of Sonamura.
The new technique of stealing fish is not only depleting the production of fish. It is also destroying the bio-diversity of the water bodies as all other living things like snake and insects are also falling in the trap.