Himachal Pradesh government extended the “fishing close” season by fifteen days from August 1 to August 15 to facilitate fish breeding in the state reservoirs. The decision had been taken keeping in view the current failure of the monsoon and sharp drop in the water level of the state reservoirs that affected breeding, an official spokesman said. These conditions had raised serious concerns about the future landings of the reservoir fisheries in the state since this was the only source of livelihood of around 4,000 fisherman families, the spokesman said.
Rains were essential for inducement of fish breeding and the delay in monsoon was likely to result in the failure of breeding and the state government took the decision to extend the period of fishing close season by another fifteen days in the state. Fishing is banned in reservoirs during the rainy season as it was breeding season and violation of government orders attracted penal action.
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