Kolkata: The country's first hospital to treat abnormalities and diseases in fish is set to come up in Kolkata by mid-2015, a senior scientist said.
Senior scientist T J Abraham, who is spearheading the project told PTI that the work has already started on the project.
He said that nearly 60-65 kinds of disease and abnormality were found in fishes in India and the one reason why West Bengal slipped from the number one position in fish production was due to the fact that 10-20 per cent of them died of diseases.
"Such hospitals are quite common in foreign countries," Abraham, a senior fish microbiologist with the West Bengal University of Animal and Fishery Sciences, said.
The institute will not only help fish farmers increase yield by reducing the number of fish deaths, but will also ensure that people will consume healthy fish, he points out.
According to Abraham, the hospital will have 50 glass aquariums, 25 circular water tanks, each with a capacity of 500 litres, to admit and treat diseased fish.
The hospital will also have a separate well-equipped pathological lab to diagnose various fish diseases.