Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species

ISSN: 2332-2543

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Fish Fauna Faces Anthropogenic Double Trouble: Erosion of Fish Diversity in Tropical Oxbow Lake of the Ganga River Basin in Eastern India


Ghosh D and Biswas JK

Fish diversity in Oxbow lake is adversely impacted due to diverse anthropogenic activities like over-exploitation, indiscriminate use of fine meshed fishing gears, jute retting etc. To quantify the impact of such anthropogenic activities on fish diversity and aquatic health, a survey with seasonal analysis of diversity indices, relative frequencies and abundance status of native fish populations was conducted from April 2013 to March 2014 in a semi closed Oxbow lake in Nadia district in eastern India. The level of p<0.05 was accepted as statistical significance. Of the 33 native fish species recorded 33% belonging to 8 orders and 17 families fell under vulnerable or endangered categories. Native species like Amblypharyngodon mola, Chanda nama, Pethia ticto and Notopterus notopterus, Colisa fasciata, P. ticto, were the most dominant and frequent fishes. Shannon-Weiner diversity index was decreased by 41% by precipitating impact of monsoonal anthropogenic activities during post-monsoon. Low native fish diversity indices are pointers to poor ecosystem health status owing to intense adverse activities like jute retting, indiscriminate fishing aggravated by influx of turbid water from the river Ganga following episodic flood events during monsoon. Regulation and prevention of such anthropogenic activities are urgently warranted for sustainable conservation and management of the Oxbow lake.


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