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Odisha: Fishers Fight Administration in Baleswar - Digging up of Panchuvisha River Mouth by Kiran Kumar Behera September 13,2017   |  Source: DMF

A very Important and significant struggle has unfolded in Odisha. Small and traditional fishing communities have come out to save a river. It will go a long way to spread and strengthen fishers' struggle to save water bodies. Dakshinbanga Matsyajibi Forum (DMF) hails it and pledges full support to it. In taking up the struggle to save Panchubisha the fishing communities of Bahanaga Block of the district of Baleswar in the State of Odisha have once again proved that they are the natural custodians of our water bodies. Odisha Matsyajibi Forum hails their movement and calls for support from all concerned organisations and people. Panchubisha is a river (creek) in Bahanaga Block of Balasore District of Odisha. Since long about 2000 poor fishermen families residing in 5 Gram Panchhyats named: Kharasahapur, Avana, Bishnupur, Aruhabad & Baripada have been using traditional boats & small motorized boats (Bhutubhuties). They depend on Panchubisha to access sea (Bay of Bengal) for fishing. Panchubisha also provides a major channel for drainage of excess rain & flood water of a huge catchment area of the Bahanaga Block.

In 1989 a fishing Jetty was constructed by Govt. of Odisha with funding from NFDB to improve the frequency of fishing and facilitate fishing operations by the poor

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