African catfish culled in Indian lake
As many as 100 African catfish were removed from Thekkady Lake on Tuesday as the banned species has been posing a threat to the local fish varieties.
The Periyar Tiger Reserve has launched the drive against the fish, in association with the Periyar Foundation, the Kerala Conservation Research Group, the Zoo Outreach Organisation, the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment and a few other organisations.
The lake became a haven for the African catfish which is believed to have reached there from private ponds overflowing during the rains.
The fish wealth in the lake has fallen considerably with their arrival, as experienced by the tribal members of the fishing eco-development societies who have the exclusive right to the catch.
The societies are employed not only in fishing but also in activities such reporting interference in the lake.
Sanjayankumar, Deputy Director of the Reserve, said it was the launch of a major project against the catfish, and the programme would continue with the help of the societies. The aim was to create awareness of the danger posed by the fish to the local varieties such as Kuyila.
Source : The Hindu