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Gujarat Honors its Marine Treasure: Ghol Fish Declared State Fish

In a momentous decision that celebrates the state’s rich marine heritage, Gujarat has officially declared the Ghol fish as its state fish. This announcement was made at the inaugural Global Fisheries Conference India 2023, held in Ahmedabad on Tuesday, with Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel presiding over the event.

The Ghol fish, also known as the Black Spotted Croaker (Protonibea diacanthus), holds a special significance in Gujarat, not only as a culinary delicacy but also for its purported medicinal properties. Valued for its high-quality swim bladder, which finds export markets across the globe, the Ghol fish is a prized possession of Gujarat’s fishing communities.

“The Gujarat government has declared Ghol as the state fish,” said Union Minister for Fisheries Parshottam Rupala, addressing the media after the event. “This decision will not only boost conservation efforts but also raise awareness about this important marine species.”

With its wide distribution across the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific Ocean, the Ghol fish plays a vital role in maintaining the delicate balance of marine ecosystems. Its designation as the state fish is a testament to Gujarat’s commitment to preserving its marine biodiversity.

The decision to bestow this honor on the Ghol fish has been met with enthusiasm from both the fishing community and environmentalists alike. It is hoped that this recognition will further enhance the sustainability of the Ghol fish population, ensuring its continued presence in Gujarat’s waters for generations to come.

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