ICAR-CIFRI organized one day awareness cum training programmes at Barendrapara Ghat, Bally in Howrah and Bichulighat, Shyamnagar in North 24 Parganas districts of West Bengal on 14th and 16th March 2016, respectively. The programme was conducted under the NASF project on hilsa with an aim to create awareness among the hilsa fishers on conservation and adoption of management measures for proper exploitation of hilsa. The programmes have been attended by around 100 fishers including office bearers of fishermen cooperative societies. Dr. R. K. Manna, Senior Scientist, outlined the various fishing gears being operated in lower stretch of Ganga emphasizing on the appropriate gear selection for hilsa fishing.
Dr. M. K. Mukhopadhyay, retired principal scientist of CIFRI explained ways to reduce indiscriminate hilsa catch and appealed to fishermen to conserve them for future generations. Dr. B.K. Behera, Senior Scientist, briefly described the nutritional values as well as the medicinal importance of hilsa.