This article describes the status of snow trout fisheries in the snow fed streams, rivers and upland lakes of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Snow trout are known for their economic importance and are recognised as potential species for food and recreation. However, very little information is available on their taxonomy, distribution, biology, habitat and food value. The demand for this group of fish has increased drastically with increasing fishing pressure due to the lack of sustained aquaculture alternatives in this hill locked part of the world.
At present, the snow trout fishery in Arunachal Pradesh is mostly confined to the capture fisheries from the three major drainages viz., Kameng, Subansiri and Siang, the north bank tributaries of the Brahmaputra River. The other two drainages are Lohit and Tirap rivers, the south bank tributaries of the Brahmaputra having a comparatively tropical climate. Aquaculture of this group of fishes is at a lower level in Arunachal Pradesh and India more broadly, due to their inherent slow growth rate and lack of seed availability.
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