Shillong man turns top angler to receive Rs 50,000

Pare River Angling Tourey

KHEEL | Oct 29 | Angler Richard Marran from Shillong was adjudged winner of state’s maiden Pare River Angling Tournament, organized by Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Adventure Tours (APTOA) at Mepsoro here in Toru circle on Saturday.

Richard, with his catch of 6.90 kg, walked away with a Rs 50,000 as prize while Takom Darang from Kebang village and Lokam Anand received prize of Rs 30,000 and Rs 15,000 as 2nd and 3rd winners with their catch of 6.86 kg and 3.56 kg respectively.

The event, which was organized with support from the local PRI leaders and villagers, saw participation of more than 50 anglers from Sikkim, Assam, Shillong, Kolkata, and different districts of the state. Golden Masheer – the main sport fish in the world – weighing from 600 gm to 6.90 kg, were caught by many anglers and then released.

Arunachal Pradesh Pollution Control Board chairman Techi Tagi Tara, who distributed the prizes, lauded APTOA for its initiative. He exhorted the villagers to support such innovative ideas for promotion and development of huge  tourism potential of the area. He stressed on keeping the rivers clean but exhorted to  ban construction of toilets and piggeries along the river banks.

Stressing on protection of fishes from various destruction, Davi appreciated the organizing team for adopting ‘catch and release’ criterion toeing with ‘Save Masheer’ theme of the event.

APTOA president John Panye urged the locals to offer hospitality and cooperate with tourists during their stay. He stressed on conserving Golden Masheer, being an endangered species.

“Once this angling tourism is popularized the local populace, especially the youth will benefit with sustainable income generation by hosting these anglers,” Panye added

Earlier, Papum Pare DFDO Dayum Davi along with Toru CO, and others released 5000 fingerlings in the river to mark launching of the tournament.

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