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The Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), overlooking the D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary near Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh, has issued a standing order directing residents of fringe villages to refrain from indulging in destructive fishing methods like using of inverter or honda (electrocution), poisoning of river and blasting.
The move was initiated to enhance the vigilance and control over rampant practices of illegal means of fishing in and around the rivers of D. Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary.
As per the Sanctuary’s DFO, Tasang Taga, the district administration had already put restrictions in place, however, there are some people from certain villages who repeatedly indulge in destructive fishing practices, affecting the fish population of the sanctuary.
"Such destructive means of fishing has badly affected the aquatic ecosystem of the sanctuary as most of the Migratory birds of the Sanctuary are dependent on the fish and aquatic species," the DFO said.
“Anyone who is found to be indulging in illegal means of fishing inside the sanctuary shall invite punishment under Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and other relevant sections of (the) laws,” Taga added.
However, the DFO clarified that traditional fishing methods like fishing by using nets, traps like ‘Edung-Esap, Gakar, Boroki, Edil, Porang’ (in local Adis), are not banned.
The sanctuary management has also clarified that collection of thatch for construction purposes in the fringe villages is also not banned; however, the villagers will have to register themselves with the department concerned, citing requirement of the materials. This was done to check illegal hunting and poaching.
According to department sources, several illegal hunters have been taking advantage of the permission granted, providing them a chance to lay cables inside the sanctuary, with a motive to kill.
Such violators of law will not be spared, and we urge the genuine people collecting thatches from the sanctuary to monitor and keep an eye on suspicious persons, the DFO appealed.