Excise officers in Assam seized 500 'Channa Barca' fish valued at Rs 4.5 crore from Dibrugarh.

24 Dec 2023 Dipak Jaiswal 

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The captured fish were smuggled out of Kolkata, according to officials from the Assam Forest Department.

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'Channa Barca' is classified as a protected species and is listed on "Schedule II" of the Wildlife Protection Act.

Protected Species

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 This rare fish, with a snake-like mouth, is native to Bangladesh and northeastern India in the upper Brahmaputra River basin.

Snake-Like Characteristics

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Due to the risk of extinction, it is illegal to catch, raise, or sell Channa Barca fish.

Legal Restrictions

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Channa Barca is also known as Barca snakehead fish, Cheng Garaka, and Garaka Cheng.

Alternate Names

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 Regarded as one of the priciest fish globally, the Channa Barca fish commands high value in both domestic and international markets.

Global Rarity

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 The cost of Channa Barca fish is expressed in lakhs, with a single black fish fetching anywhere from Rs 50 to Rs 1 lakh in India.

Monetary Value

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The ban on catching Channa Barca underscores the urgent need for conservation efforts to protect this endangered species.

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