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Status of ornamental fish import, research and scope in Nepal

Author Affiliations

  • 1Fishery Research Station, Pokhara, Kaski, Nepal

Res. J. Animal, Veterinary and Fishery Sci., Volume 7, Issue (1), Pages 6-9, May,24 (2019)


In this paper, status of ornamental fish species, its trade and research in Nepal has briefly summarized and also way forward for the future prospects. Annual import of ornamental fish was 318.1 metric ton in 2009 and increased to 1233.0 metric ton in 2017. Imported ornamental fish value was NRs.13.3 million in 2009 and increased to NRs.153.4 million in 2017. Total 43 ornamental fish shops were found in the Kathmandu and Pokhara valley, which sales 27 exotic ornamental fish species. 15 native fish species of Nepal possess attractive color and attributes to be a potential candidates for ornamental fish. These native fish species should be domesticated and its breeding and nursing technologies should be developed. If these species are promoted, the import of ornamental fish could be lessen in the near future.


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