New Baby Fishes Released to Streams in Hakha
24 July 2012: The Chin Association for Christian Communication (CACC) released about 1,000 baby fishes in streams near Hakha town of Chin State in an effort to restore fishery resources.
As part of its annual programme to improve the ecological environment, CACC released 500 fry each in two streams called Chalva near Hakha and Lahva near Thantlang town earlier July, in coordination with TABC (Thantlang Association of Baptist Churches).
One of the staff members from TABC told Chinland Guardian: “Releasing baby fishes has been organized for a few years now. Each year, a few hundreds of fry are taken to the stream.”
When asked about restrictions on fishing in the region, the Thantlang Chin said: “Fishing has been locally highly prohibited. Some locals don’t listen and keep on fishing. However, it is now much better than before.”
Until recently, a large number of people have still practiced using various techniques including dynamite fishing, several kinds of baskets and fish nets to catch fish.
A youth leader from Hakha said many people are not yet well informed of the negative impacts of fishing, adding: “We need to keep on raising awareness among our own people, especially in the villages. If we properly understand the possible consequences, then we will stop destroying our environment.”
The Hakha Youth Organization (HYO) said it will release a total of 400 baby fishes as well as dozens of oysters to another stream named ‘Timit’ between Hakha and Thantlang towns on 28 July 2012.
One of the government employees from Hakha told Chinland Guardian that they [government employees] also released fishes to streams and planted new trees over the past few weeks, adding: “The problem is that the program is initiated but with no follow-up plans. So, we are not really sure if this is a long-term solution.”
Fish populations across Chin State, mostly the northern parts of Burma’s poorest state, are on the verge of dying out due to the age-old mass-fishing practices and lack of policies in place that guarantee the protection of natural resources and environment.
Reporting by Thawng Zel Thang