How will you create an Impact ?
A single fish sanctuary can support a rich marine system for upto 4 years. In the first 3 to 4 days of the expedition, you shall learn about the lake system and engage in raising funds for building fish sanctuaries. The community declares the fish sanctuaries as a "non-fishing zone" and by spreading messages among the fisher-folk community to avoid fishing in these zones has positively impacted the fishery resources. In the participatory evaluation on fish sanctuaries conducted by fishery experts and fisher-folk, it showed the increase in the economically valued fish Etroplus suratensis (Pearl Spot), other small fishes, water snakes and clams. The larger presence of top predators like Otters and Cormorants in the sanctuary zones evidently indicate the growth in the population of fishes. High priority is given to community-based conservation efforts as most of the top-down approach seems to dominate and suppress the dependent community, leaving them stranded. With Climate change and anthropogenic pollution affecting water bodies across the world, such solutions which are also called Nature Based solutions are the way forward to adapt to changes and mitigate future uncertainties.