SHILLONG; April 06: Combatting the harsh onslaught of global environment degradation in an intelligent way, the Meghalaya fishery department provided a momentary win-win situation to the never ending man and environment conflict through it’s ‘Catch and Release Angling competition,’ held here on Thursday.
Angling which is a popular hobby of the locals got a new dimension with the introduction of the ‘Catch and Release Angling competition (an annual event) where the angler wins a cash prize for a catch while the fish is set free. Amid the picturesque setting of the Wards Lake the competition was held wherein over 50 anglers from all over the state participated.
“The objective of the programme is to promote pisciculture in the state especially as we are implementing the aqua culture mission started in year 2012-13,” said Principal Meghalaya State Fishery Research and training institution, DB Kharwanlang.
He further informed that the angling competition is part and parcel of the Meghalaya Aqua fest 2017.
An enthusiastic angler for decades now, Imran Pathaw observed that it is a much required initiative to counter the rapidly depleting aquatic eco-system.
“This kind of initiative is more welcoming since it not only benefits the aquatic eco-system but it also continues the money making streak of the anglers,” said Pathaw adding, “ We win cash prize and the fishes are let lose after that”.
The cash prize for the event was Rs 8,000 first prize, Rs 6,000 second prize and Rs 2,000 third prize.
It may be mentioned that angling is a favourite recreational activity of the state and angling competitions with cash prizes is ever growing. Be it the famous Umiam lake, or Umngot river in Dawki or manmade ponds, come fishing season and all the venues are packed and stiff competition takes place. The cash prize ranges from Rs 5,000 to few lakhs.