Kendrapara, July 13 (LocalWire): One of the most sought-after fish species during the monsoon season, the hilsa fish, is not available in the coastal district of Kendrapara this season.
Scarcity of rainfall in June and July is the culprit for the non-availability of Hilsa this season.
During the monsoon season, the hilsa swim several kilometers upstream from the depths of the sea in order to breed. After laying the eggs in freshwater habitats, the adult hilsa return to the saline water.
The eggs hatch in freshwater and the young hilsa swim downstream to the sea through the mouths of rivers during the rainy season.
“Due to scarcity of rainfall this season, the migration route of the fish was affected, said Manas Ranjan Sahoo,” the Additional Director of Fishery (Marine) of Kujang.
This peculiar reproductive habit of hilsa makes it difficult breed artificially, through aquaculture.
The authorities have recorded around 40 percent less rainfall in June this year. “We are hoping that good rain in August will help the fishermen catch more hilsa,” added Sahoo.