NORTH LAKHIMPUR, May 25 � The Lakhimpur district authority has imposed restrictions on fishing and killing fishes in this breeding season for saving the fish progeny, an official order of the Additional District Magistrate GK Pegu stated.
The ban has been clamped under Section 144 of the CrPC with effect from May 22 to July 15, 2014. The order expressed concern over the unabated catching of fish in the district by nets with small and fine meshes violating the permissible norms.
It further said that such unchecked catching of fish in their breeding season will jeopardise the fish progeny. The order prohibits the use of fishing nets such as �Beraqjaal�, �Mahajaal�, �Fasijaal� etc., with meshes less than 7 cm, Bar/14 cm mesh under Section 23 of Assam Fishery Rules. It also bans nets and other fishing instruments with holes less than 7 cm square gaps. The order also bans catching of brood fish species like Rohu, Bahu, Mrigal, Mali, Chital, Kharia, Puthi, Gharia and Kurhi in the district. This ban has been welcomed by conservationist groups in North Lakhimpur.