Govt selects 198 beats for trout fishing in Kashmir

Permits being issued to foreign,local anglers


Srinagar, Apr 3: With the J&K government starting issuing permits to anglers including foreigners for trout fishing in Kashmir, the Department of Fisheries is expecting Rs 15 lakh revenue from this activity this year.
 In 2012, the Department issued 1246 permits (122 to foreigners and 1124 to citizens) on 198 beats across the Valley generating revenue of Rs 12,88,500.  This year the Department is expecting higher revenue.
 “The permits are given on the first-come-first-served basis,” officials said.
 Pertinently, 198 beats are allotted across the Valley excluding Dachigam.
 Incharge Angling Section, Fisheries Department, Inayat-ul-Haque said: “This year the number of anglers will cross the previous year figure,” he said.
 Inayat said most of the anglers register for fishing at the Lidder stream in Pahalgam. “It remained the best fishing stream last year also,” he said.
 An angling beat extends to over 2.5 kilo meter of a stream, he said. “Anglers register for almost every beat in all the 10 districts of Kashmir division excluding district Srinagar.”
 The Department will issue permits to foreigners throughout the week while locals would be given the licenses on three working days in a week. The department charges Rs 2000 per day for the angling.
 Interestingly, the department, according to the official, is also taking care of the conservation of the trout streams. “The department has restricted fishing in some beats for conservation purpose,” he said.
 The anglers have been asked to cooperate with the Department for ensuring “judicious trout angling in all the streams and not insist for allotment of a particular beat.”

 Trout fishing in Kashmir dates back to 1899 when 10,000 eggs of ‘trout ova’ were imported from the United Kingdom during the Dogra rule.
 According to historical accounts, the first batch of ‘trout ova’ perished en route due to unavailability of air transport to Kashmir.
 “The second shipment of trout ova arrived on Dec 19, 1900 having 1800 fry. Almost 1000 fry were transferred to Panzagam Dachigam (Harwan) while the rest were reared in the premises of a private carpet factory in the heart of city near Khanqah-e-Moulla.”

Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 3 Apr 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 4 Apr 2013 00:00:00 IST

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