The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

typescript - J.H. Hutton tour diaries in the Naga Hills

caption: fish poisoning in the Doyang river; fish traps
medium: tours
person: Reid/ W.J.
location: Diyung R. (Doyang R.) Tsingaki (Chingaki)
date: 8.5.1917
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 22.4.1917-23.5.1917
person: Pitt Rivers Museum Archive, Oxford
refnum: Hutton Ms. Box 2
text: 8th
text: To the Doyang River. Here I camped near a pool that had been very recently "poisoned" by Chingaki. It was full of Mahseer. Nothing very big, but I got a few - one a 12 pounder. Chingaki said that they had got three huge guria mas out of it by "poisoning" but practically nothing else. I also noticed that in the Teshi, a small tributary, that Mahseer fry were swimming about in a pool that had just been "poisoned" a day or two before. I do not think that the Mahseer suffers very seriously from the mild variety of fish "poison", and the deadly kind - the deo bish, is forbidden now throughout the Naga Hills. One difficulty in the way of stopping it entirely is that this and traps are the only way of getting fish. The rivers are too swift and stony to use nets to any extent, and a creeper line and a bit of bent umbrella wire, the local substitute for line and hook, are not very effectual.
text: [Note: I have suggested that poisoning of any kind might be prohibited during the spawning season. - Sd. W.J.Reid, 11-6-17.]