In this issue:

  • Potential new species in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Sabaki tilapia (Oreochromis spilurus)
    Benjamin C. Young, Riyadh Hussain Alfaggeh and Ibrahim Al Moutiri
  • Role of fish & fisheries in national nutrition of Pakistan
    Aslam Jarwar
  • Success story of first fish farmer in India to be awarded ‘Padma Shri’
    Subrato Ghosh
  • Insights into the fishing gear and ichthyofauna of major lentic water bodies of Kashmir Valley
    Rida Riyaz, Naila Majid Ahali Jahan, Ifrah Rashid and Parvaiz Ahmad Ganie
  • NACA Newsletter

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Potential new species in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Sabaki tilapia (Oreochromis spilurus)

For the sustainable economic development of Saudi Arabia, the government set up the goals of Vision 2030. In 2030, the Saudi aquaculture industries expect to produce a combined 600,000 tonnes. At present, the total aquaculture production of Saudi Arabia is around 55,000 tonnes. To match the production goal, we need to find some new species to farm. Candidate species should be unique, easy to manage, low cost and have high market demand. The fisheries authority has chosen Sabaki tilapia (Oreochromis spilurus) to be our promotional species. This article describes efforts to establish Sabaki tilapia aquaculture operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Role of fish and fisheries in national nutrition of Pakistan

The fisheries sector of Pakistan comprises over 290,000 square kilometres of marine waters and 8.6 million hectares of inland water resources including the world’s largest irrigation system and favourable climatic conditions for aquaculture development. Despite these promising circumstances Pakistan stands thirty-third in world fisheries production. This article considers the true fish production potential of Pakistan and makes a comparison with other regional countries that produce more despite having less water resources, e.g. Bangladesh. Considering the ground reality and gaps in fisheries statistics collection, assessment and reporting, the possibility that fish production and consumption are under reported is explored.

Success story of first fish farmer in India to be awarded ‘Padma Shri’

Instituted in 1954, the Padma Shri is awarded by the Government of India to Indian citizens on occasion of Republic Day in recognition of their distinguished service and contribution. Sri Batakrushna Sahoo, an elderly, progressive fish breeder and seed producer of Odisha State, was conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 2020 in the discipline of animal husbandry. He is only the second person to receive it from the fishery and aquaculture sector. This article documents Sr Sahoo’s beginnings, early entry into fish seed production, his success and role in educating others over the years.

Insights into the fishing gear and ichthyofauna of major lentic water bodies of Kashmir Valley

The abundant aquatic resources of Jammu and Kashmir harbour a wide variety of indigenous and exotic fish species make it one of the promising areas for coldwater and hill stream fisheries. The fish fauna of Kashmir Valley is mainly represented by the families Cyprinidae, Cobitidae, Silurideae, Poecilideae, Sisorideae and Salmonideae. The fisheries sector in Kashmir valley has huge potential but is yet to gain momentum. This article describes the fish fauna of the lakes of Jammu and Kashmir, and some of the indigenous fishing gears commonly used by people living in the area.