The week-long aquatic exhibition, India International Aqua Show-2014, displaying rare ornamental fishes, organised at Marine Drive here, came to a close on Tuesday. The exhibition is organised by the state government once every two years.
Union Minister K V Thomas inaugurated the concluding session of the exhibition.Delegates from across India and from overseas nations, including Japan, Taiwan and Vietnam, participated in the 122 stalls set up for the exhibition.Angelfish, Bannerfish, Wrasse fish, Tigerfish and sharks were the stars in the exhibition. Other than fishes, rare aquatic plants were on display also.
Along with fresh water fishes, some of the traditional fishes found in the Western Ghats were also featured in the exhibition like Miss Kerala, Sun catfish, Malabar pufferfish, Leaf fish, Indian eel and Zigzag eel.
Special attraction of the exhibition were a video presentation about the breeding of Miss Kerala, an indigenous fish developed by the regional shrimp hatchery, Azhikode, Matsyafed stall and the ornamental fish stall from Lakshadweep.
A series of innovative programmes were also conducted as part of the exhibition.A two-day international seminar was conducted where international experts from Norway, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Australia and Malaysia spoke on various aspects of the ornamental fishing industry.