This is one of a series of 10 working papers produced as the first stage of a project to investigate the potential for integration of aquaculture into small-scale, farmer-managed irrigation systems in arid and semi-arid regions of India and Sri Lanka. This part of the project focused on Karnataka State, India, and the papers were produced as a resource for a stakeholder workshop, held in Coimbatore, 19-20 November, 1998.
In this paper, the indigenous freshwater fish resources of Karnataka were assessed in terms of their potential for aquaculture. Field research was conducted in Shimoga District, on a 3-day field trip. During the trip, fish were caught by cast nets from rivers and reservoir landing sites and local markets were visited, the aim being to produce an inventory of indigenous species, with photographs of males and females of the species, together with details of their local and scientific names, characteristics, growth patterns, distribution, and other relevant information. Some 21 species were logged. Indigenous species with potential for aquaculture are discussed.
Indigenous freshwater fish resources of Karnataka state and their potential for aquaculture. Working Paper No. 8, University of Stirling, UK, 25 pp.