Monday, January 15, 2007

Remove the ban on exports of marine species: Experts

Experts have urged the government to lift the ban onexport of marine species having medicinal value - seahorses and pipefishes. Many experts have cited that these marine creatures are no longer in thecategory of endangered species. A good number of them have bred and culturedand kept safe in the sanctuary - Gulf of Mannar. The breeding of seahorses and pipefishes are being undertaken in the Centreof Advanced Study in Marine Biology of the Annamalai University located inthe remote village, Parangipettai. "We bred 10,000 species of seahorses and pipefishes and handed over to theGulf of Mannar. We have trained 40 Tsunami-affected women fisher folks intwo batches in the art of breeding," said the professor in marine biology, SRajagopal.

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