In a proactive move to combat the proliferation of aquatic weeds in Lake Pichola, the local fisheries department has initiated a comprehensive fish stocking program. The operation, which began on Wednesday, saw an impressive introduction of 5 lakh fish on its inaugural day. The stocked fish varieties include a strategic composition aimed at tackling the aquatic weed issue effectively. Notably, 30 percent of the introduced fish are grass carp, a species known for its appetite for aquatic weeds, including their roots. This deliberate inclusion is expected to contribute significantly to weed control efforts. Alongside the grass carp, silver and Catla fishes were also introduced into the lake's ecosystem.
Dharmesh Sodani, the Deputy Director of the Fisheries Department, revealed that a substantial total of 25 lakh fish are scheduled to be released into Lake Pichola by the end of the week, with the completion of the operation set for Sunday. Following regulations governing such initiatives, a notable facet of this stocking endeavor involves the release of 25 percent of fish designated as aquatic weed killers. This strategic step is poised to provide a targeted approach in curbing the aquatic weed growth within the lake.
Local authorities and environmentalists are keeping a close watch on this innovative approach, which showcases a concerted effort to restore the ecological balance of Lake Pichola while employing natural means. The success of this venture could potentially set a precedent for similar initiatives in bodies of water facing similar challenges across the region.