India has vast reservoir resources to the tune of 3.5million ha area which forms an important source of fish production and livelihood. Development of management strategies for fisheries enhancement and sustainable exploitation of reservoir resources require data on status of fish production, species composition, fish diversity, fishing effortetc. However, collection of fish catch data from reservoirs is challenging since these water bodies are innumerable, geographically wide-spread, with inaccessible fish landing centres, demanding high manpower and budgetary requirements. To overcome the data acquisition issues in reservoirs, the Institute has developed an Electronic Data Acquisition System (e-DAS) to capture fish catch data from reservoirs (through SMS from mobile phones) directly into a database in the computer system which has been hitherto successfully trial-implemented in selected reservoirs of three states of India (viz. Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand).
Madhya Pradesh is a premier State in Indiaendowed with vast reservoir resources to the tune of 1.87 lakh ha out of which majority falls under large reservoir category. In this context, a demonstration cum training programme on eDAS was conducted by ICAR-CIFRI in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Fisheries Federation at Bhopal on 18th June 2018. The programme was attended by Mr. M. S. Dhakad, I.F.S., Managing Director of MP Fisheries Federation (MPFF), Mr. R.K. Chaudhuri, Regional Manager, MPFF and senior officers of the Federation besides 10 fishers.The demonstration of eDAS was well received and was followed by the interaction of scientists of ICAR-CIFRI with the officers of the Federation on the modalities of implementation of eDAS in selected reservoirs of the state.
A visit to the Halali reservoir was also made to assess the feasibility of collection of fish catch and length frequency data especially of Tilapia from the reservoir for stock assessment.In addition, apreliminary survey was conducted on 19th June 2018for selection ofsite for pen culture in Indira Sagar reservoir and detailed discussions were held subsequently on aspects relating to pen-culture with the officials of MPFF.Preliminary survey on habitat, biodiversity and fisheries of MP part of SardarSarovar reservoir was conducted on 20th June 2018. The scientific team of ICAR-CIFRI comprised of Dr. U.K. Sarkar, Head, Reservoir and Wetland Fisheries Division, Dr. A. K. Das, Principal Scientist, Shri. M. Karthikeyan, Scientist(SG) and Shri. Y.Ali, Technical Staff.