2,500 ornamental fish traded globally

May 11, 2017 12:42 am | Updated 12:42 am IST - MANGALURU

Globally, more than 2,500 species of ornamental fish are traded, but only 30-35 species of freshwater fish dominate the market.

More than 90 % of freshwater fish are captive bred whereas only a few marine ornamentals are bred in captivity, according to Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA).

The global aquarium fish trade, including accessories and fish feed, is estimated at U.S. $ 18-20 billion. India contributes 0.61 % by quantity and 12.42 % by value (U.S. $) in the global ornamental fish trade, but the ornamental fish and aquatic plant industry is fast gaining importance due to its tremendous economic opportunities and prospects, it said in a release.

The three-day Aqua Aquaria India, a national expo-cum-conference on aquaculture, here from Sunday would have four sessions on ornamental fishery on the inaugural day. They would be on marine aquarium trade in India, future prospects of the U.S. ornamental fish market, ecological considerations in ornamental aquarium trade.

In addition, there would be sessions on topics such as the state of the shrimp aquaculture industry in Asia, shrimp nurseries, innovations in shrimp culture, octopus breeding and culture, prospects of marine finfish seed production in India and automation in commercial aquaculture.

It would have sessions on many other topics like DNA labelling of seafood, marketing of value added products from aquaculture.

Top News Today


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.