Maharashtra bans the cultivation centres of Thai Mangur fish

Highlights:

  • The Maharashtra state government has launched a special drive to destroy the centre that cultivates the centres of the exotic Thai Mangur fish. 
  • The decision was made at a meeting which was held between fish traders and officials of the Maharashtra fisheries department headed by Minister Aslam Shaikh after a detailed review of the situation.
  • Thai Mangur fish is popularly known as Thai Mangur or African Mangur or foreign Mangur
  • It looks like freshwater Mangur.
  • Thai Mangur is cultivated in highly unhygienic conditions, which may lead to people falling sick after consuming it.
  • National Green Tribunal (NGT) banned it in 2000 and a fresh order was also issued regarding the same in January 2019. 
  • But it was not implemented effectively.
  • So far, the state government has destroyed stocks of some 32 tonnes of Thai Mangur in the state.