The inaugural ceremony was graced by Dasho Dzongdag, Jambay Wangchuk; sector heads and forestry officials. In his speech, Dasho highlighted the importance of establishing a capture fishery program and handing over it to the community.
The community as a whole is expected to benefit from the fishery. It will serve to secure a nutritional status of the community by providing them with much-needed animal protein. People will now have access to a completely different variety of food fish that is both organic and fresh.
The fishery is also expected to benefit the community in terms of socio-economic enhancement since the sale of fish would generate additional income. Being the only legal entity of managing the fish resources, the community would also build a strong sense of its ownership and encourage them to protect the fish resources at all times. It will also ensure a sustainable mode of fish harvest practice together with people’s growing stewardship over the resource. The fishery will further help to eliminate destructive fishing practices, thereby protecting the entire aquatic ecology and biodiversity.
Presently, KCF has a total of 42 members and the KCF Management Plan (KFCMP) was prepared through close consultation between stakeholders like National Centre for Riverine & Lake Fisheries, RLDC-Kanglung, Dzongkhag Livestock Sector and Range Office, Lhuentse. The plan is subjected to change once every after three years.
Reported by Tshegay Norbu, Livestock Production Officer and Phurpa Tshering, Assistant Dzongkhag Livestock Officer
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