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First fish hospital at South Korea to cure ill gills

SEOUL - The South Korean government is planning to set up its first fish hospital where doctors can provide healing for hurt herring and treat trauma in tuna.

South Korea has earmarked 5.4 billion won (about 3 million pounds) to start an aquatic hospital at Pukyong National University in the southern port city of Pusan, mainly to treat marine life at fish farms, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said.

"The economic loss incurred from an increase in incurable fish diseases ... as well as a proliferation of epidemics records 300 billion won annually," the ministry said about the local fishing industry.

Farms will send samples of sick fish to the hospital, which will then devise and implement a treatment, it said.

"We want to build up expertise in fish diseases," said Chung Joon-ki, professor of aquatic life at Pukyong University.

Source: Reuters