This is another instance where authorities have failed to act in a proactive manner,to prevent the introduction of Alien Invasive Species.
This fish belongs to the family Loracariidae and at least two species,together with hybrids have been imported throughout the years.
We have requested the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to declare the prohibition of the import of all members of this family,under a regulation under Section 30 of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act.
Unfortunately,it has not happened so far.
by Jagath Gunawardana