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Firm Eager to Breed Endangered Kelah

by 5m Editor
30 December 2008, at 12:00am

MALAYSIA - Attempts are being made to breed the rare and much sought-after kelah (Malaysian mahseer).

They say the rare and much sought-after kelah or the Malaysian mahseer, cannot be bred in captivity, says New Straits Times. But now, a local company is eyeing the possibility of encouraging these shy fish to mate and breed by providing them with the right environment.

Fitrah Biotech Farm in Kampung Tualang Kudung is a small family-run operation dealing in the rearing and supplying of wild kelah fry, which are sourced from Kuala Krai, Gua Musang and Jeli.

Fadhil Noor Hadi Ahmad, 21, who took over the management from his father and founder Ahmad Abdul Rahman, said they have plans to develop a piece of land near a waterfall in the effort to recreate the fish's habitat.

He hopes the project would ensure future supply of the endangered fish, whose sale is banned in Terengganu and Pahang.

Also known as the King of the River Fish, kelah is a revered game fish and sought by food connoisseurs for its exquisite taste.

5m Editor