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            Fisheries Resource of Uttarakhand comprise of fast flowing rivers and their tributaries, high and low altitude natural lakes, manmade reservoirs, ponds and diggies.Out of total stream length of 2686kms,725 km is suitable for food and game fishes.Majority of coldwater fishes are caught from the rivers and streams in small quantity thus do not form fishery of commercial importance but they are indicator of riverine ecosystem.Department has taken initiative for conservation and propagation of cold water fisheries that is trout and Mahseer through angling programmein identified beatsof rivers with participation of local individuals or groups.Under this programme the beats are allocated to local cooperatives/groups,who will be authorized for issuing angling permits to international and national tourists along with other local interested people.With that the group will also work for conservation especially in banned fishing period.Untill now 44 beats have been allocated in district Pauri,Uttarkashi,Chamoli ,Bageswar and Dehradun.

Lengths of important rivers are –

S.No.

Rivers

Length (km)

1.

Bhagirathi

220

2.

Ramganga

206

3.

Alaknanda

200

4.

Nayar

158

5.

Kosi

118

6.

Yamuna

100

7.

Ganga

68

8

Saryu

57

 

Available areaof lakes in Uttarakhand is 297ha.Out of existing lakes the lakes situated District Nainital i.e.Bhimtaal,Saataal and Naukuchiataal are managed by fisheries department.Here department issues angling permits to tourist.Department is focusing to establish cages in these lakes for conservation and enhancement of production.Apart from natural lakes several manmade lakes and reservoirs have came into existence due to Hydro electric projects which are yet another resource for fisheries development.Presently 05 reservoirs in district Udhamsingh Nagar and Tehri reservoir are provided for a period of 05 years through calling expression of interest, through which annual revenue to the tune of Rs 4.50 crore is being generated.From FY 2016-17 to promote and establish cage farmingcages have been installed in selected reservoirs to attain increased production levels.It is proposed to install around 248 cages in the stateto augment fish production.

Commercially important reservoir are –

Sl. No.

Reservoir

Area (ha)

1.

Nanak Sagar

4089

2.

Begul Dam

2995

3.

Tumaria

2377

4.

Dhaura

1295

5.

Baur

1295

6.

Haripura

1144

7.

Tehri

4200

 

 

 

Major natural lakes are –

S. No.

Lake

Height

Area (ha)

1.

Bhimtal

1350

84.24

2.

Nainital

1600

73.60

3.

Naukuchiatal

1348

65.0

4.

Sattal

1220

24.5

5.

Khurpatal

1520

8.0

6.

Duodital

3352

3.5

7.

Nachiketatal

2330

2.0

8.

Deoriatal

2430

1.4

 

The  high upland regions of Uttarakhand provides conducive ecology for culture and capture of cold water fishes whereas other areas  in hills including plain areas are suitable for carp culture and culture of other warm water fishes. Trout and mahseer are local fishes which are of commercial importance. District Haridwar and Udhamsingh nagar have village society ponds in abundance.These ponds are being made available to fishermen community with the help of revenue department for a lease period of 29 years.Apart from this through various central and state sector schemes new ponds are  being constructed  and renovation of old ponds is being carried out by beneficiaries every year with the aid of Department which provides sanctioned subsidy for construction /renovation works and first year input to the beneficiary as per norms of the scheme. Department has also initiated a scheme to benefit old farmers where several inputs required for pursuing aquaculture are provided on subsidized rates.