Diversity of fishes in Uttrakhand (Devprayag to Haridwar)
Priyanka Sharma, SB Sharma
Current investigation is carried out during December 2018 and November 2020 to measure the diversity and composition of freshwater fishes in river Ganga-Uttrakhand (Devprayag to Haridwar). Fisheries Resource of Uttarakhand comprise of fast flowing rivers and their tributaries, high and low altitude natural lakes, manmade reservoirs, ponds and diggies. Out of total stream length of 2686kms, 725 km is suitable for food and game fishes.In the present study, we analysed fish diversity of river Ganga at different locations between Haridwar to Deprival. By this study we explained the consequence of human interference, pollution on fish diversity. During the course of study a total of 19 species belonging to 11 families were reported from this region. Prior to reaching Rishikesh it is coupled by another tributary Nayar, which is a documented breeding ground for most important game fish of Ganga, refereed as Masheer (Tor sp.). Cypriniformes and Cyprinidae were the most species rich order and family of this region. Some threatened are rare fish fauna are also reported in the present investigation.