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Would stocking SIS in ponds used for aquaculture be detrimental to the cultured species?
The responses of the respondents to this issue may be summarised as follows:
very few had any experience of such interaction;
some said SIS could not be cultured in ponds;
a few said that cultured SIS would not be so tasty as those caught in open waters;
some thought that SIS would cause harm by spreading diseases from the open waters;
some thought that the SIS would be eaten by the boromach;
others said that SIS would compete with boromach for food;
some said that there would be mutual benefit, as they co-existed in nature.
Do you have any preference for SIS (over other fish)?
all respondents preferred SIS because each species has a particular taste;
some women said that SIS were more nutritious than boromach;
both men and women said they preferred SIS because these were more affordable;
both men and women said that Mola, Dhefa, Kajoli, Kachki and other SIS were rich in vitamins;
some said that eating SIS was good for the eyes;
nearly all said that SIS is a good source of protein: boromach is too expensive;
many said that with chotomach each family member was able to eat a whole fish.
Are there any benefits or problems from eating SIS?
The most widely claimed benefits were:
SIS is available locally;
SIS is tasty;
SIS can be eaten with bones;
SIS has many vitamins;
SIS has many minerals;
SIS is good for the eyes;
SIS is easy to catch;
What are the options for conservation of SIS?
A number of options were discussed for how SIS could be conserved, and the main actions thought required are given
Recommended Actions
total ban on the use of small mesh nets which catch spawn, fry and firgerlings of SIS;
enforcement of the ban on using current jal and other destructive gears;
regulate use of all nets and gears during breeding and spawning season;
total ban on the catching and collection of carp spawn for culture, and the by-catch of SIS;
ban the capture of SIS when the breeding season is on;
ensure that brood stock is able to spawn by:
providing fish sanctuaries (so SIS can have permanent habitat);
allowing fish stocks to move between bee Is, floodplains and rivers:
ensure entry of fish spawn, larve and fry;
ensure entry of monsoon and natural water flow into floodplains, depressions and beels;
opening the water entry point (between rivers and flood plain);
ensure that fish are healthy and able to move safely inside the floodplain; and
remove silt from khals, beels so SIS can live there.