Environment and EcologyGeneral Studies III

No community fishing at Deepor Beel to prevent over-exploitation

The Kamrup (Metropolitan) district administration has prohibited community fishing in Deepor Beel, a wetland on the south-western edge of Guwahati and Assam’s only Ramsar site.

The prohibition order under Section 144 of the Cr.P.C. underlines the possibility of community fishing on January 3 and will remain beyond the mid-January Magh or Bhogali Bihu that is preceded by mass fishing in many parts of the State.

About Deepor Beel

Dipor Bil, also spelt Deepor Beel  (bil or Kaushal Tisa means “lake” in the local Assamese language), is located to the south-west of Guwahati city, in Kamrup district of Assam, India[2] It is a permanent freshwater lake, in a former channel of the Brahmaputra River, to the south of the main river. It is also called a wetland under the Ramsar Convention which has listed the lake in November 2002, as a Ramsar Site for undertaking conservation measures on the basis of its biological and environmental importance.

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