What’s the news ?
- The Sikkim government has declared ‘Copper Mahseer’ locally named ‘Katley’ as the State fish.
- The fish has high market value and is highly preferred by the public in the State.
- The Sikkim government has also declared the reservoirs of the State to be open for fishing activities.
- The reservoirs are in Chungthang in North Sikkim, Legshep in West Sikkim along with Dikchu and Rorathang in East Sikkim.
About the Species
- The “Katley” Fish is also known as Neolissochilus hexagonolepis or Copper Mahseer.
- Katley is found in varied altitudes covering the entire state predominantly confined in Teesta and Rangit rivers and their tributaries.
- They are found in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Bhutan, Pakistan and Vietnam.
- It can grow up to around 120 centimetres and can weigh over 10 kilograms.
- The fish is categorized as “Near Threatened” by the IUCN.