After the community of tribal fishermen in Rajasthan raised their voices against the conservation of fisheries resources and the protection of reservoirs, their rights have been included on the International website of World Wetlands Day.
On February 5, 2023, a conference was organized on the banks of Jaisamand Lake to discuss this. The meeting was attended by Presidents of fish producer cooperative groups, government officials, and families of fishermen.
The Directorate of Fisheries in Rajasthan introduced seeds of species from other states into the lake, destroying the fish diversity of the lake, which is the primary cause of this complaint.
“Encroachments are being made on the islands in Jaisamand Lake by the mafia and influential people, badly damaging the lake’s natural form and ecosystem.” - Viren Lobo, Managing Trustee of Institute of Ecology and Livelihood Action and NGO.
Viren Lobo continued by stating that Rajas Sangh had previously been in charge of these cooperatives and they had profited from government initiatives. They were then placed under the Directorate of Fisheries, and as a result of departmental negligence and corruption, the situation of the fisheries people got worse.
"Fish producer cooperative societies have been formed in 22 villages adjacent to Jaisamand Lake and about 2,500 fishermen families with a population of over 12,000 are associated with them." - said Lobo
The state government and international organisations including the United Nations, World Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Health Organization (WHO) will be informed of issues relevant to Jaisamand's fisherman.