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Gangtok, September 18
Directorate of Fisheries, Goverment of Sikkim has declared Neolissochilus hexagonolepis commonly known as Chocolate or Copper Mahseer and locally named as Katley fish as a State Fish of Sikkim. As per the press release issued by C. S. Rai, Additional Director, Directorate of Fisheries, Govt. of Sikkim shared “With profound happiness the Directorate of Fisheries would like to bring it to notice of all that the Government of Sikkim has declared Neolissochilus hexagonolepis commonly known as Chocolate or Copper Mahseer and locally named as Katley as a State Fish of Sikkim vide notification no. 780/Fish dated 26.08.2021.”
In Sikkim, Katley is found in varied altitudes covering entire state predominantly confined in Teesta and Rangit rivers and their tributaries. In the year 1992, ICAR-National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (ICAR-NBFGR), Lucknow had categorized Katley fish as endangered species. Later on, in the year 2014 the fish was also categorized as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature).
Therefore, by declaring Katley as state fish this Directorate intends to highlight the importance of the fish in our state and giving emphasis to its conservation measures as this fish has high market value and highly preferred by the public.
The Government has also declared the reservoirs of the state to be open for fishing activities issuing another notification. License shall be issued by the Directorate of Fisheries to the interested individual fishermen or fishermen co-operative societies or SHGs for fishing in the reservoirs in accordance with the existing provisions under the Sikkim Fisheries Rules, 1990. It has been done with an intend to provide livelihood opportunities to fishermen at the same time for nutritional security of the people of the state.