Kupwara steams lose fish production to bleaching powder

SHAHID RAFIQ

Kupwara, July 27: The abuse of bleaching powder is posing a major threat the aquatic life and fish production in this district.
 According to sources the fishermen and amateurs fishers to quickly fish are using the bleaching powder on water streams in this district.
 According to experts and people from this district the excessive use of bleaching powder on nallah Warnow at Shalagund, Shatmuqam, nallah Khurhama at Kalroos, Mudhmadu, Lashtyal, Guffabal, Kralpora, Rigipora, in Nallah Kehmil and Drangyardi in Chowkibal, Mawar Nallah, is posting serious threat to the fish production.
 With the drastic decrease in the water level in different streams and water bodies here, local youth and poachers are seen carrying bags of bleaching powder and using it to kill and cash the fish.
 “Earlier, with the onset of the monsoon, people here would relish fish, because it was caught from streams here through traditional method of fishing using nets, rods, and traps. But now the fishers are using indiscriminate bleaching powder to kill and catch the fishes” said Fareed Ahmad of Lolab.
 “Due to the abuse of bleaching powder the fish production here has suffered badly,” he added.
 Curiously, according to experts the abuse of bleaching powder also causes threat to the health of the consumers. "Fish killed by bleaching powder is harmful for human consumption. While consuming the fish, the traces of bleaching powder also enter into human body resulting in health related problems," they said.
 "It is unlawful to put bleaching powder in running water streams because it kills the aquatic life on a large scale. The government should take necessary action to stop it. Fisheries department should create necessary awareness among villagers to stop such practice," experts said.
 Many consumers here blamed the “easy availability of bleaching powder for this problem.”
 “Fisheries department and other law enforcing agencies should see to it where from the bleaching powder in such a large quantity is supplied to the district,” locals said.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 27 Jul 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 IST




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