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Ghol or Black Spotted Croaker

Why is it in the news?

  • Gujarat has declared the Ghol species as the state fish during the Global Fisheries Conference India 2023.

More about the news

  • The Ghol fish is widely distributed in the Indo-Pacific region, ranging from the Persian Gulf to the Pacific Ocean.
  • The swim bladders of Ghol fish are highly prized due to their medicinal and commercial value.
  • The swim bladders of Ghol fish are used to prepare isinglass, a form of collagen primarily employed for clarifying wine and beer.
  • In traditional medicine, Ghol fish swim bladders are believed to have properties that can prevent bleeding in patients with urinary problems.
  • Ghol fish swim bladders may also find applications in the cosmetics industry.
  • Ghol fish is exported to countries in Southeast Asia, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia.

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