Khube returns to Chapora river after 15 years!

After 15 years, the Chapora River received Goa’s beloved ‘khube’! During the pandemic, different types of shellfish came back to the Mandovi river and Zuari river. Locals are super excited that the Chapora river is also getting these creatures back.

People are now going into the water during the low tide with buckets and other equipment, and searching the silt to find khube. Some of them bring their whole family and spend hours in the water. The clams vanished from the Chapora stretch after the 2004 tsunami. It used to be famous for khube, tisreo, and xinanneo.  Now people are collecting even 1000 clams in a day.

Clam eggs were released into the river 1.5 years ago by the Chapora boat owners’ fisheries cooperative society. They aren’t sure whether it’s because of this or if there is another reason. The lockdown led to fewer tourism activities, less pollution, less boating activities, etc, which resulted in improved water conditions.

There was also too much sand mining which unsettles the clam bed. The larvae need riverbed stability to grow properly.

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Goa is a special place for Content Writer, Sheryl Gonsalves, with its picturesque beaches, gorgeous sunsets, rich heritage, and delicious food.

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Goa is a special place for Content Writer, Sheryl Gonsalves, with its picturesque beaches, gorgeous sunsets, rich heritage, and delicious food.

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