Arctic char growing up ... in India

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
6 March 2007, at 12:00am

CANADA - A Whitehorse-based fish farm is sending some of its young Arctic char to be raised far from home in northern India.

In the fall, Icy Waters sold about 15,000 live eggs to the fisheries department in India's Himachal Pradesh region. The young char are now growing up alongside imported trout in departmental trout farms in the region's high-altitude streams, president John Rose said.

"They have some very … northern climates and the mountains where they have some cold waters," he said.

"We always think of more southern India as being very, very warm and humid, I guess. But no, they have some very northern climates. In fact, you know, they play ice hockey."

The exported char will be sterile so they will not mix with native fish populations, he said.

A spokesperson for the Himachal Pradesh department of fisheries told CBC News that 82 per cent of the imported fish have survived so far.