The Wildlife Society of Orissa (WSO) on Sunday demanded a ban on fishing during breeding season and expressed concern over unregulated fishing in the rivers and lakes of the state.
The ban could curb the rapid fall in the fish population, WSO secretary Biswajit Mohanty said.
The WSO had been demanding a ban on fishing between June 15 and August 15 since last five years to allow spawning of fish in rivers, lakes and the sea.
The two months ban during the breeding season would ensure augmentation of fish stocks in the water bodies of the state, he said.
But the State Government's response had been limited to statements that a proposal to this effect was under consideration, he alleged.
Stating that many countries across the world had banned fishing during the breeding season, Mohanty said this had been done after fishery experts warned of the danger of extinction to the fish species.
States like Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala had already imposed the ban. But Orissa Government seemed to be dragging its feet over the vital issue, he said.