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A Preliminary Study on the Icthyofaunal Diversity of Kankati Beel of Biswanath District, Assam

Author(s):

Janmoni Borah , D.K.College, Mirza; Ellora Choudhury, dk781125@gmail.com; Nripendra Kr. Choudhury, dk781125@gmail.com

Keywords:

Kankati Beel, Management, Threat, Icthyofauna

Abstract

Beels are highly productive natural ecosystem which harbours appreciable ichthyofaunal diversity along with other animals and plants. The Kankati beel is located at Sonalibori village in Gohpur of Biswanath district. The beel is open type with an area of 97.50 ha2 and connected with the Kharonijan river. The beel is a fishing hub of the area. Although most open beels are multispecies fisheries, only a few species predominate in the landings (CIFRI, 2000). The beel is an important source of living for the nearby fishing community and it is also used for other activities like agriculture, grazing etc. The study reveals about 50 no. of indigenous fish species along with one species of exotic fish species Oreochromis mossambicus. The beel also acts like a breeding ground for large number of major carps, minor carps, air breathing fishes and cat fishes. But growing human interference has posed a serious threat to the Ichthyofaunal diversity of the beel. Proper management of the beel is necessary to improve the present status of the Icthyofaunal diversity.

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Paper ID: IJSRDV5I60033
Published in: Volume : 5, Issue : 6
Publication Date: 01/09/2017
Page(s): 50-53

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