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Basa fish comes to industry rescue

The Indian sea food industry, hit hard by the global slowdown as well as a supply crunch, has turned to a fish species found in southeast Asia and China to lift its fortunes. The Basa, a catfish native to Vietnam's Mekong River Delta and Thailand's Chao Phraya basin, is not only being imported in large numbers by Indian seafood outlets, but is also being farmed in certain areas. The seafood market is facing a serious supply crunch due to lower catches from both, inland and sea-based fishing. Local sea food export companies too are struggling due to poor offtake from traditional ...