Tilapia Fish In Threat Of Going Extinct

The world’s second most farmed fish, commonly known as tilapia fish, has been revealed to be an endangered specie due to threat of a lethal virus. The virus, identified as the Tilapia lake virus or Tilapia tilepinevirus, has been earmarked by scientists as a deadly virus that can cause the extinction of this disease resistant fish, resulting in a global catastrophe in fish production.
Principal Scientist (Aquaculture) for World Fish, Mohan Chadag, says that this revelation is “definitely alarming” and protecting tilapia fish should be a global priority. According to Chadag, “The worst-case scenario is there will be a mass closure of farms and loss of livelihood for millions of individuals.”
The Tilapia Lake Virus was first discovered in Israel and Ecuador, in 2014 and has since been reported in 12 other nations and regions across the globe.
Scientists have indicated that the disease has a morbidity rate of 90 per cent, ‘depending on the strain’ and is highly contagious and doesn’t give symptoms as “the first indication of the virus on a fish farm is lots of dead tilapia.”
Tilapia is the second most widely farmed fish in the world and accounted for a global production of over 6.3 million tonnes in 2018 and an estimated market value of US$9.8 billion. The market value has been attributed to two reasons; the fish is rich in protein and is resistant to a wide range of diseases.
Source: Agronigeria.com.ng

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