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Gujarat Govt declares ‘Ghol’ as State Fish

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AHMEDABAD : The Gujarat CM Shri Bhupendra Patel on Tuesday declared “Ghol” or Blackspotted croaker as “state fish” during the inauguration of two-day Global Fisheries Conference India 2023.

This marine fish is one of the most expensive in the country and is popularly known as “gold fish” because of its price and demand. Scientifically, it is identified as ‘Protonibea Diacanthus’.

Due to its medicinal values it is one of the most sought after fish. In India, this fish is found mostly in Gujarat and Maharashtra. Several fishermen from Gujarat and neighbouring Maharashtra have been hitting headlines for catching large size Ghol fish and selling them in crores.

During the inauguration of Global Fisheries Conference India 2023 held in Ahmedabad, Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel said that Gujarat contributes the largest share in fish production in the country. He said that out of Rs 5000 crore export business, the state contributes 70 per cent. “This is the reason, the first global fisheries conference is happening in Gujarat.”

The event was organised by the Department of Fisheries under the Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, government of India.

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