The lack of conservation provisions and indifferent attitude of officials in the MP fisheries department have led to the death of a Piranha fish that was caught from Indore’s Bijasan Lake last week – the first-ever case of the omnivorous freshwater fish being found in the city waterbodies.
The otherwise healthy Piranha, which weighed 8-10 kgs, apparently died not long after fisheries department officials released it in a water-filled pit.
“We do not have any provision for conservation of such an aggressive fish. Had we kept it with other fish in our ponds, it would have been dangerous for them. So we released it in a pond near Bangarda,” said KL Maravi, deputy director at fisheries department in Indore.
“The fish grew very healthy in Bijasan Lake, but it did not find suitable habitat in other pond, hence died,” Maravi said.
Another official of the department said, “The fish was very dangerous and of no use. Hence it was not taken for conservation.”
Fishermen in Bangarda had caught the fish from Bijasan Lake on Thursday and handed over to the fisheries department given its unique features.
Piranhas are omnivorous freshwater fish and are indigenous to the Amazon basin, in the Orinoco, in rivers of the Guianas, in the Paraguay-Paraná, and the São Francisco River systems.
Confirming that it was for the first time that a Piranha was found in Indore, Kamla Nehru zoo in-charge Uttam Yadav had earlier told HT, “Bijasan Lake was given on lease to fisherman for breeding fish. They had brought thousands of fish seeds from Kolkata for rearing in the lake. The fish might have
come in that lot.”