Away from the soccer area, Indian crew striker Jeje Lalpekhlua has been patrolling an extended stretch of Tuichang river in his native Mizoram to prevent “overfishing” and assist maintain the livelihood of native fishermen.
The Tuichang river lately created numerous buzz due to overfishing, forcing the locals to control it continuously. One of them was the Blue Tigers and SC East Bengal ahead.
The footballer, together with numerous youth from his village — Model Veng Hnahthial — shaped a bunch that works day and evening to assist protect the ecosystem of the river that flows shut to their properties.
“Overfishing has greatly reduced the number of fishes in the Tuichang river over the years. It was turning out to be a big problem, even for the local fishermen, who depend on the river for their livelihoods,” Jeje stated to the-aiff.com.
The native individuals of Model Veng have recognized a 500m stretch alongside the banks of the Tuichang, the place the fish are believed to have their spawning floor, the place they arrange a 24-hour patrol, taking completely different shifts, to prevent overfishing.
“Over the last year, we have all taken turns to patrol this stretch to make sure that nobody catches fish in this area. It’s very important for us to leave the fish alone, at least in the spawning areas. Just with this small step we are already seeing the results,” stated Jeje.
“There are so many fish in the river now — native fishermen say that they haven’t seen so many in the river for years.
“The guys in the village have really worked hard to ensure that this happens. They have all taken rotating shifts around the clock for 24 hours to keep an eye on the river banks. I have also been helping out whenever I’ve been in town,” he continued.
“Of course, it’s not always possible during the season when we have to spend five months in the bio-bubble in the Hero ISL.”
Jeje and the opposite males have been in fixed contact with the native authorities authorities who’ve additionally stood by and supported their conservation actions.
“We have been in touch with the Forest Department of Mizoram. If there are any issues, we inform them. They too lend us support,” stated Jeje.
“There is a fishing area not very far from the parts where we set up our patrol. But since that is not exactly a spawning area, it has not had as much effect.”
Jeje feels that it’s important to preserve everybody’s curiosity in thoughts when it comes to defending the surroundings.
“This isn’t just a difficulty for Mizoram. Depletion of sources is a matter that the entire world is going through proper now. The world is getting hotter, and different creatures are being affected.
“We people have created this drawback, and we’re those who want to set it proper. The fish are invaluable meals sources for a lot of. So we’d like to be selective with our fishing.
“These are very small steps, but they’re not very difficult. If we can continue, some world will be a much better place to live in after 7-8 years.”