Uncontrolled fishing for food and sport has been identified as a major threat for the majority of freshwater fish species in Kerala, along their migratory route from rivers to inland canals and wetlands for spawning.
A variety of snakes, amphibians and birds are also slaughtered by hunters who go on a killing spree during the monsoon migratory season for fishes known as ootha in local parlance.
The mass mortality adds to the threat posed to biodiversity by reclamation of paddy fields, river sand mining and pesticide contamination, according to a study conducted by the Kerala State Biodiversity Board (KSBB).
The study warns that intensive fishing during migration would lead to depletion of fish stocks and threaten the survival of species. Fishing during the spawn disrupts the breeding cycle, resulting in a dramatic decline in stocks. The report says that spawning fish was regarded as easy target, attracting more people to…
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