In a major victory for the sector, the Centre has said the number of aquarium fish sold to retail outlets across the country has increased by almost 40 per cent.
In a statement, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) said the growth in aquarium fish sales was “largely attributed to the large increase in the demand for fish as pets”.
The department has also said that there are over 15 lakh fish tanks in the country and this growth in aquaculture, which has witnessed a huge increase in both the domestic and international markets, is being driven by the rising popularity of pets and the increasing demand for aquariums.
According to DIPP, over 8 lakh aquariums are registered in the state of Gujarat alone.
The department further said that the total revenue for the state has increased from Rs 20 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 25.3 crore in 2017-18.DIPP added that the number and size of aquariums in the domestic market has also grown as demand for the aquarium products has increased.
The department said that aquacultures across the world are witnessing a huge rise in the number, quantity and variety of fish that are being sold to consumers and that the aquariums industry is witnessing a phenomenal growth.