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Assam Forest Department Foils Massive Smuggling Attempt: Seizes ₹4.5 Crore Worth of Rare Fish

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In a significant victory against wildlife smuggling, the Assam Forest Department successfully intercepted and seized 500 Channa Barca fish at Dibrugarh Airport. This marks one of the largest exotic fish seizures in recent times, highlighting the persistent efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade.

The rare Channa Barca fishes, valued at an estimated ₹4.5 crore in the international market, were concealed in a smuggling attempt that has now been thwarted by the vigilant authorities. The successful operation underscores the commitment of the Assam Forest Department to preserve and protect the rich biodiversity of the region.

“Channa Barca, also known as the Barca Snakehead, is a species of snakehead fish found in the freshwater bodies of Southeast Asia. Known for its unique characteristics and scarcity, this species has become a target for illegal wildlife traffickers seeking to profit from the exotic pet trade”.

The seized fish, now under the custody of the Assam Forest Department, will undergo necessary assessments and care to ensure their well-being. The department’s swift response has not only prevented the potential environmental impact of smuggling but has also dealt a significant blow to the illegal wildlife trade network.

“Wildlife smuggling poses a severe threat to the delicate ecological balance, and the successful intervention in this case is a testament to the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies. The authorities remain vigilant in their pursuit of those involved in such activities, sending a strong message against the exploitation of endangered species”.

This operation serves as a reminder of the importance of wildlife conservation and the crucial role played by enforcement agencies in safeguarding the planet’s biodiversity. As investigations unfold, it is anticipated that stringent actions will be taken against the perpetrators, further reinforcing the commitment to combat illegal wildlife trade in the region.

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