Srinagar: J&K Government is Promoting Fisheries culture by use of latest technologies of Fish Farming like Composite Fish Culture of Indian Major Carps and Exotic Carps besides quality Trout Seed is being produced for amplifying the growth of this sector.
The department is also promoting the sector by filling the Natural Cold Water Streams with trout seeds to promote sports fisheries across Jammu & Kashmir.
The fisheries department is also propagating fish Culture in Private Sector to provide avenues of earnings to the educated unemployed youth besides the development of recreational Fisheries as a means of earning for the interested persons who take up Aquarium Fisheries as a trade is also being promoted.
Notably, Kashmir offers one of the best spring-fed as well as snow-fed trout fishing, in the world, with pollution-free, scenic and exclusive streams and rivers with snow-capped peaks and thick pine forests, besides a number of freshwater lakes.
There are about 150 fishing boats spread over 40 streams with an aggregate length of 500 kms, besides, there are 12 high-altitude lakes ranging from 8000 feet to 12000 feet above sea level having Brown Trout.
The Government of India has identified various schemes for the development of both inland fisheries and Marine Fisheries in the country to boost fish production and create avenues of better earnings for the fish farmers and professional fishermen engaged in the exploitation of natural water resources.
As far as the J&K is concerned, in view of the feasibility, several Centrally Sponsored Schemes are in operation in the J&K.
The Centrally Sponsored Schemes operational in Fisheries Sector is Development of Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture, PM’s Package for creation of employment opportunities, Fisheries Training and extension, National Welfare Scheme for Fishermen, Construction of low-cost houses, Group Accident Insurance scheme for active Fishermen besides Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) for construction of low cost /houseless fishermen for upliftment of this backward community.