• The Fisheries Department has issued orders to District Collectors asking them to take action against farmers who rear or sell banned African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) called African keluthi.
  • Recently, there was an order from the National Green Tribunal against the fish, since it is an exotic species and it can compromise our genetic pool.
  • This is why we have asked Collectors to take strict action.
  • Freshwater ponds found with the fish would be destroyed and the fish would be buried by officials if found.
  • The African catfish grew to good sizes when compared to their smaller indigenous counterparts, farmers found it more lucrative and hence reared them on the sly.
  • Awareness should also be raised among consumers and traders about the dangers of the fish.