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Uttarakhand allows “catch and release” fishing in 8 rivers for tourism | India News

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DEHRADUN: Two years after Uttarakhand became the first state in the country to ban angling (catching fish with hooks and returning them to rivers and ponds in forests), the decision has been reversed. An order to this effect, dated November 18, signed by wildlife director JS Suhag (a copy is with TOI) was sent to all divisional forest officers.
The order says the state wildlife board, at its meeting last year, decided that angling should be allowed in the state’s forested reserve areas, provided the rules are followed. Among the regulations that have been established are that angling will be allowed in eight specific rivers on a ‘catch and release’ basis only and the area DFO will grant permission for the activity to take place between sunrise and sunset. sunset.
The angling season has been specified between September 15 and May 31.
In July 2018, the Uttarakhand Forest Department ended angling in reserve forests and buffer zones, citing “cruelty to fish”. A year later, in August 2019, it was decided to revoke the order, stating the need to “boost tourism in Uttarakhand”. Then it took the forest department one year and three months to issue the written order to the DFOs to restart angling in the forest areas.
Those related to the tourism sector had approached different authorities in the last two years to have the order revoked, claiming that it affected business. On multiple occasions, representatives of tourism groups had met with the Minister of Forests, Harak Singh Rawat, as well as the Chief Minister, Trivendra Singh Rawat, to press their demand.

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