Traditional gears used for capturing and preservation of fish by Mishing community of northern bank of the Brahmaputra River, Assam, India


A survey of two district of north bank of the mighty Brahmaputra drainage system conducted among the Mishing community to record the traditional fishing gears used in wetland fishing. Among the recorded 32 gears the most common are Kawai Langi (gill nets), Tongi Jal (lift nets), Jakai, Borchalani, Juluki (bamboo traps) and Danari Barashi (fishing line). The community has adapted two distinct fish preservation technique namely ‘Perup hukati’ (dried and smoked small fish) and Numsing hukati (powder of dried and smoked fish).

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