Chandigarh administrator releases Gambusia near Lake Sukhna for mosquito larvae control

CHANDIGARH’s Animal and Fisheries Department on Friday released mosquitoes (Gambusia) into water bodies in Nagar Van near Lake Sukhna to control the spread of seasonal vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue.

Vector-borne diseases are very common after the rainy season, when mosquitoes breed very quickly, especially in standing water, causing the spread of diseases like malaria and dengue fever.

The western mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) is a species of freshwater fish, also known commonly, albeit ambiguously, simply as the mosquito fish. The name “mosquito” was given because the fish eats mosquito larvae and has been used more than any other fish for the biological control of mosquitoes.

The fish were released under the direction of Dr Vijay Namdeorao Zade, Secretary of Livestock and Fisheries, in the presence of Dr Abdul Qayum, IFS, and Deputy Conservator of Forests, Manish Kumar Lohan, Director of the Department of breeding and fishing, and Dr Kanwarjit Singh co-director of the department were present on this occasion. Officials said Gambousia fish would also be released into other stagnant water points in the coming days by the department.

Dr Kanwarjit Singh, Co-Director of Livestock and Fisheries, said: “The aim is to control the breeding of mosquito species that can transmit viruses. Only female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes spread the dengue virus. Adult Gambusia fish can eat around 100 to 300 mosquito larvae per day. This fish is very small and inedible, making it a great biological tool for mosquito control as they consume the larvae before they have a chance to turn into adult mosquitoes.

Dr Kanwarjit added that the public can come to Fish Seed Farm to collect mosquitoes and release them for free in stagnant water holes, man-made fountains and ponds inside or outside their homes. houses.

Dr Abdul Qayum appreciated the efforts of the Department of Livestock to play an important role in coordinating with the Forestry Department for the conservation of the ecology of the Sukhna wetland and other water bodies in Chandigarh. . Manish Kumar Lohan said Gambusia released to water bodies is produced at Fish Seed Farm at the regulatory end of Sukhna Lake, under the direction of the UT Fisheries Department.

The department raises this fish from April to September then releases it in the water bodies from October, according to the needs, each year.

Officials informed that in the northern region, the government fish seed farm, Chandigarh, at the regulatory end, Sukhna Lake is the only farm that breeds rare fish and provides other departments like forest for free. , health and the general public. .