August 20, 2016

Environmentalists protest fishing rights auction in Intein Lake

The Intein lake in Kachin State being seen. Photo: MNA
The Intein lake in Kachin State being seen. Photo: MNA

AN auction for fishing rights in Kachin State’s Intein Lake has elicited objections from a local wildlife conservation unit.
The objection came after invitations to the auction in upper Intein Lake for the 2016-17 fiscal year were sent out by the Fisheries Department.
The upper Intein Lake is located in a wildlife conservation sanctuary.
The Kachin State government decided to ban fishing in the lake in the 2013-2014 fiscal year in order to conserve the wildlife area and to prevent violations of wildlife conservation rules by people who would be brought in by the business.
The lake attracts local visitors and tourists who come to see migrant and local birds, said U Khin Maung Win, the park warden of the Indawgyi Lake wildlife sanctuary park.
Despite banning commercial fishing in the upper Intein Lake, which has an area of 100 square miles, local people are allowed to catch fish on a manageable scale.
There are 39 villages in total around the lake with a population of more than 50,000.—Mang Ngai


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