The Ministry of Forest and Environment, Government of India, has banned the display and sale of ornamental fishes. The curbs will apply to 158 species of fishes. The new orders are under the 2016 legislation that seeks to protect animals from cruelty.
The major varieties of fish sold in Kerala markets, including clown fish, butterfly fish and angel fish are included in the varieties which cannot be bred, displayed or sold from now on.
The order states that ornamental fishes should no more be kept in glass aquariums. They should not be displayed or sold along with other pet animals. The shops where fishes are kept must have a full time veterinary doctor and a help. The gazette also prohibits fishing from coral reefs.
Such restrictions will affect small scale ornamental fish sellers from the fray throwing thousands of people out of employment.