Karichal Lake: Investigation reveals huge plastic deposits in Karichal Lake | News from Thiruvananthapuram

Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala State Biodiversity Board conducted a survey of Karichal Lake in the Athiyannoor Block panchayat to document the flora and fauna of the area.
The one-day survey was conducted in cooperation with the biodiversity conservation committee of the Kottukal panchayat. The survey aimed to collect information on fish, plants, birds, butterflies, dragonflies and to study the environmental problems facing the lake.
Preliminary findings have revealed that heavy deposition of plastic waste on the lake bottom has led to the decline of green chromium fish, which were once commonly found in the water body.
“The fishing community of Ambalathumoola depended on the lake to earn a living by catching chrome green fish. The plastic deposit in the lower part prevents the fish from laying their eggs, which has led to the decline of the fish. This has affected the incomes of fishing communities. We have also seen that the lake area is also in decline,” said Akhila S Nair, District Coordinator of the Biodiversity Council.
The survey was carried out with the active participation of teachers, researchers and students from the Department of Aquatic and Fisheries Biology of Kerala University. Fishermen from the Ambalathumoola region also participated in the survey.
The survey was carried out by a team of about 30 groups, focusing on four areas including Chapathu Bridge over Karichal Lake, Moolakkara neighborhood and both sides of Ambalathumoola Pozhikkadavu. The information concerning the study will be codified and a detailed report will be submitted to the National Biodiversity Council.
“The bottom of the lake is completely covered with plastic bottles and lids. We plan to set up a project to revive the ecosystem of the lake at the earliest. In the first stage of the project, CCTV cameras will be installed on the lake premises. As many small channels flow to the lake, cleaning procedures should start from there. We also spotted automotive waste and hospital waste in the body of water. Strict action will be taken against people dumping waste into the lake,” said Athiyannoor bloc panchayat chairman, MV Manmohan.
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