The Unioin Government has imposed a catfish ban citing environmental concerns. The catfish which is native to Africa and Middle East thrives in freshwater lakes and rivers and even urban drainage dumps. This species is know to be a predator that feeds on other animal matter, fish and other invertebrates. Coupled with their capacity to breed fast and ability to thrive well even in shallow and low oxygenated water they dominate over other species of fish in a short period of time. They were introduced world over in the early 1980’s.
The species is known to thrive well in many reservoirs in Kerala. Recent studies done by University of Kerala and Department of Envronment and Climate change has revealed that this species has been causing wide spread ecological damages. The invasive and predatory nature of this species has led to the drastic decline of population of many other aquatic species and also pollution of water bodies.
Taking cognisance of the threat to the various native species of fish, the government has banned the breeding of this species. However, many experts believe that just banning further breeding is not enough to arrest the menace caused by this species. They recommend selective culling and destroying of existing stock in order to find a more permanent solution.
Despite the ban imposed by the government, many fish farmers seem to be indulging in catfish farming clandestinely. Many of the farms use chicken waste as feed, polluting water sources, and the environment.
We at Snapper, believe in sustainability and maintaining ecological and environmental balance. For this reason we will not be dealing with this variety of fish henceforth.