Lower Dibang Valley district has vast potential resource for development of fisheries in both capture and culture fisheries. Lower dibang valley district has estimated 1200 ha of water aquatic resources of which only about 106.5635 ha has been utilized under various departmental schemes. Out of 106.5635 ha around 7 hac fish ponds area has been revived under MMNKA scheme year 2019-20 and Blue revolution scheme year 2021-22. The district has about 899 km flowing water as the home to rich and diversified fish bio-diversity having both food / sport fishes. Fishery as a sector plays an important role in Socio-Economic upliftment of the farmers and transforming the rural economy. Most of the Schemes in fisheries are lncome generating (lG) and sustaining livelihood. Fishery/Aquaculture generates employment and develops entrepreneurs through self employment. It ensures food security specially in mitigating protein deficiency plaguing rural population.
Numbers of schemes is being implemented to augment aquaculture activities in the district from state and central funding. Effective extension activities have generated enthusiasm in addition a new dimension has taken place in the way of creating new water bodies through the construction of good number of ponds by the fish farmers themselves. It is expected to have additional water resources development to the extent of around 10 ha within a very short span of time. Efforts are on to accelerate growth of fisheries activities by involving individual progressive fish farmers, building up of infrastructure for sustainable growth of fisheries/ aquaculture, commercialization of fish farming, transfer of technology to the farmers, streamlining of marketing arrangement, exploration of ornamental fish culture and its trade, capacity building of stake holders etc. are some of the priority areas the department is concentrating to address the weakness and to boost the production & productivity along with generating employment and income in the rural areas.
Some of the recent activities involves in betterment of providing organized fish markets in identified areas like Jia, Meka and Iduli village as centre for modern hygienic fish markets/retail outlets enabling the consumer and the farmers to access hygienic infrastructure, storage and selling of fresh fish.
A total of 66 numbers of fish farmers are registered under PMSBY-GAIS, Group accident insurance scheme for active fishermen. It is a welfare scheme under central sector scheme, fully supported for the betterment of the farmers. Under this scheme the farmers can avail the benefit in case of unnatural death and accident.
Number of schemes for augmenting and popularizing aquaculture/fishery under state plan and CSS is in vogue in the state and had benefited large number of fish farmers. Since most of the schemes are related to IG activities, it will definitely have an impact as far as increasing production and productivity of table fish & fish seed is concerned. The most notable among the schemes is the emphasis on quality seed production through hatcheries which will substantially reduce dependence on seed from outside. Once the seed producing infrastructures are strengthened there will be available seed for stocking in the water bodies.