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Maldivian minister opens aqua show in India

Maldivian Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister Abdullah Kamaludeen inaugurated the International Aqua Show in Kerala.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 15:34 IST

Maldivian Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Abdullah Kamaludeen on Thursday inaugurated the 3rd International Aqua Show in Kerala, focusing on the growing export potential of the multi-crore-rupee ornamental fisheries sector.

Declaring the six-day meet, Kamaludeen said while his country had emerged as a big fishing and tourist centre, the trade in ornamental fish was not very common there, with only a few companies active in this area.

Fishing and tourism, the two major economic activities in the Maldives, depend on abundant, beautiful coral reefs abutting the nation's islands.

These reefs provide an ideal breeding ground for hundreds of varieties of tropical fish and other marine life.

However, there were hardly any local freshwater fish varieties available in the Maldives, he said.

In his welcome speech, Kerala Fisheries secretary CK Viswanathan hoped the show, which had both national and international participation, would be a catalyst for growth of trade in ornamental fish.

Showcasing the latest developments and technology in the realm of ornamental fisheries and aquarium accessories, the Aqua Show includes display of a wide variety of marine and fresh water fish, aqua plants, aquarium and furniture, fish food, medicines for fish and other accessories like illuminators and heaters.

India, and specially Kerala, has the potential to emerge as major player in the export market, he said.

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 15:34 IST