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Eco fish tourism' to enable tourists to catch fish and have it cooked too

26 Apr 2017

The Fisheries Department of the West Bengal Government is all set to introduce a new concept eco fish tourism. As the name implies, it would combine relishing the fish as well as the environment a mouth-watering mlange to look forward to. State Fisheries Development Corporation Department of the Fisheries Department is going to look after the projects. A pilot project on eco fish tourism was completed at Nalban in Salt Lake, Kolkata about a month back. It proved to be a hit, which prompted the department to make the grand plans. Bengalis are famous as fish-lovers and the concept is meant to latch on to this culinary fact. Some of the details are as under. A two-day-one-night package for a family of four would cost Rs 4,000 to Rs 4,500, depending on the facilities availed of and the tourist spot. Individuals can also avail of eco fish tourism packages, in which case the cost would obviously be less. Coaches run by the Fisheries Department would transport the tourists from their homes to the spots they have booked. The bus journey would include breakfast and lunch, which would of course include fish. On reaching the place, battery-run vehicles of the department would provide a short tour of the area. On the second day would come the 'fish' part of 'eco fish tourism'. The tourists would be taken to the water bodies managed by the Fisheries Department. They can draw the nets along with the fishermen to pull in the fish, and can then indulge in the quiet joy of angling. The water bodies would be kept stocked with adequate fish. The fishes caught by the tourists would be cooked and served to them. They would not be allowed to take any fish home, though. However, if they do want to carry any home, there is provision for that too fishes can be bought, which would then be packed in ice to keep them fresh along the journey back. At the end of the tour, luxury bases of the Fisheries Department would drop the tourists back to their homes. The projects are going to come up at five places to begin with at Henry Island in the Fraserganj region and at Chandanpiri, located between Bakkhali and Fraserganj, both in the Sunderbans, at Guskara and Memari in Purba Bardhaman distirct, and in Digha (in a few of the place's numerous fish farms). The middle of May has been decided as the time for launching this new concept of eco fish tourism.


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