The Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS) in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries Punjab successfully bred the Channa marulius (saol) fish through induced breeding by injecting synthetic hormones to experimental fish in captivity at the Fish Biodiversity Hatchery, Chashma, district Mianwali.
Chairman Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Dr Noor Khan from UVAS and Deputy Director/Team Leader Chashma Fish Biodiversity Hatchery Malik Muhammad Ramzan conducted the trial.
Earlier both the scientists went to Thailand for one month training learn techniques of Channa marulius fish species breeding and weaning under a Punjab Agricultural Research Board (PARB) funded research project titled
“Interactive Effects of Manipulated Artificial Feeds on Growth and Breeding Potential of Channa marulius fish”
being executed by the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture of UVAS.
Channa is a group of freshwater fish and more popularly known as snakehead Murrels due to its head resemblance to that of a snake. The distribution of this group is widespread in the tropics and originates from Africa, South East Asia and East Asia.