Participants during the 5th Nagaland Angling Festival 2023 (Float Fishing Tournament) held at Government Fish Farm, Thizama near Kohima. (Morung Photo)
Thizama | December 4
A two daylong 5th Nagaland Angling Festival 2023 (Float Fishing Tournament) under the aegis of Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources Nagaland in collaboration with Anglers Association of Nagaland (AAN) got underway today at Government Fish Farm, Thizama near Kohima. A total of 60 participants from Nagaland including Maharashtra and Bangalore joined the competition.
AAN President, Watinuksung Jamir informed that more participants are expected from Assam, Tripura and Kolkatta on December 5.
The winner will receive a cash prize of Rs 1,20,000 while runner up will get Rs 50,000. The 3rd, 4th and 5th position will receive Rs 25,000, Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. There will also be 10 consolation prizes.
The festival is also being marked by food stalls, sale of fresh fish and value-added products, camping area for visitors, sale of fishing tackle, endemic and exotic ornamental fish display, musical night, games etc.
The prize distribution ceremony will take place on December 5 at 4:00 pm with Mhathung Yanthan, advisor Agriculture Nagaland as the special guest.
The programme will be chaired by Sotsula, secretary, Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Resources, Government of Nagaland.
Call for promotion of Nagaland as angling destination
Talking to media persons, Rongsennungba, Director of Fisheries Aquatic & Resources Nagaland said that the idea behind organizing Nagaland Hornbill Angling festival is to promote fisheries based eco- tourism and promotion of game fishing.
Watinuksung Jamir said that the department of fisheries and aquatic resources was so supportive in term of financially and morally.
Stating that Nagaland is blessed with beautiful rives, he stressed on the need to promote and inculcate into a sustainable fishing and to ensure that “our next generation sees the endemic fish species.”
Santosh R Kolwankar, President, All India Game Fishing Association (AIGFA) thanked the AAN and fishery department for giving an opportunity to AIGFA to be part of the event.
“I am very happy to be here. This a lovely experience,” he said and hoped that the next generation will take this sports fishing forward.
Derek Dsouza, Vice President of AIGFA said that AAN has taken a mandate to create an aqua-tourism and angling zone to promote Nagaland as an angling destination in the world.