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Policy needed to save ornamental fishes

?In absence of a government policy about its preservation and promotion, the Ornamental Fish, found in abundance in the country, may soon be extinct,? said Dr UC Goswami, president, Section of Animals, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences of Indian Science Congress Association. He was speaking at the symposium on ?Pigment molecules on freshwater Ornamental Fishes? organised at DAV College here on Wednesday.

india Updated: Sep 14, 2006 00:36 IST

“In absence of a government policy about its preservation and promotion, the Ornamental Fish, found in abundance in the country, may soon be extinct,” said Dr UC Goswami, president, Section of Animals, Veterinary and Fishery Sciences of Indian Science Congress Association. He was speaking at the symposium on “Pigment molecules on freshwater Ornamental Fishes” organised at DAV College here on Wednesday.

Dr Goswami, who has researched extensively on Ornamental Fishes, said that the day when foreign scientists would get patent of these fishes for commercial use was not far. “Due to lack of clear guidelines about their use and export, scientists from foreign countries have taken these valuable fishes from India and converted them into hybrid species. Some have even succeeded in changing their colour pigments through genomics,” he informed.

If the practice continues, indigenous Indian fishes would lose their identity and become the property of the foreigners, he warned .

Giving an example, Goswami informed that a very beautiful Indian fish “Colisa fish”, found even in ordinary ponds, has been genetically changed by German scientists and named “Gaurami”, which is very costly in the international market.

Similarly there was threat to other species as well, he added.

“So, these fishes could prove to be a good source of earning foreign exchange if the government made a clear policy about them,” he said.

Goswami explained that different types pigments formed on fishes on the basis of their food, quality of water and their exposure to sun light. Principal of the college Dr Ashok Saxena and chief coordinators Dr PK Bajpai and Dr Akhilesh Srivastava also addressed the participants.