Kashmir gets first fish hospital

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Srinagar: A fish hospital (Aqua-Clinics), first in the state, was inaugurated at the SKAUST’s Faculty of Fisheries in Ganderbal on Friday.
Vice-Chancellor, SKUAST-K, who inaugurated the clinic said that it would benefit fish farmers, by helping diagnose various fish diseases of the fish and its treatment.
A statement issued by the institute said the facility would help protect fish from various diseases through proper health management and will help farmers in reducing fish mortality. Head Division of Aquatic Animal Health Management Dr Feroz A Shah, said the fish hospital will initially comprise of 20 glass aquaria, and 10 circular water tanks.
The hospital has a separate well-equipped fish pathology lab attached with it for proper diagnosis of various diseases. Diseased fish would be maintained in aquaria for observation and treatment. Emergency medicine will also be provided to the farmers/entrepreneurs, Dr Shah added.
The Vice Chancellor congratulated Dean Fisheries Dr M H Balkhi, and Dr Feroz Shah for creating the facility and advised them to organise a state level workshop for creating awareness about this facility. He asked the scientists to conceive more and more research projects for submission to national funding agencies for up gradation of infrastructure and laboratories.
He also launched Fish health Android App developed by Dr. Mudasir Ahmad Kirnani, Assistant Professor for better reach out to the fish farmer of J&K. Through this application the client will be required to contact aqua-clinics along with fish sample photographs.