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The government of Kerala in India has banned fishing for the endangered barb Puntius denisonii. As reported by Practical Fishkeeping last month, new research by teams of scientists from India had suggested that the species was being over-exploited for the aquarium trade, potentially placing it at risk of extinction. They’ve also banned the use of gill and cast nets for catching the species, as these reportedly kill up to 75% of the fish caught. According to report published by a leading Indian’ newspaper, The Hindu, only seine nets will be allowed, and fishermen must obtain a licence to fish for the species from the district fishery office.  The species is currently the focus of a conservation project which is investigating the potential of using it as the basis of a sustainable fishery, along the lines of Brazil’s Project Piaba initiative.  Read more at http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/item.php?news=1955

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