Top 10 Popular FreshwaterFish Species of Indian Rivers

Types of Fish in India to eat!

Fishing in India is a major industry of coastal states of Andhra Pradesh, Goa Kerala, Karnataka,West Bengal Odisha and Gujarat. Fishing and aquaculture in India contributed 1 percent of India’s annual GDP, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh are two biggest fish industry in India. Indian rivers are the major source of irrigation system,drinking water and fish as food. There are list of freshwater fish found in Indian rivers, few most popular names of freshwater fishes of India are Rohu, Katla, Mahseer, Magur and Vaam.

Rohu – Labeo Rohita

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Rohu is a species of carp family, found in rivers of Indian subcontinent and extensively used in aquaculture. The large silver coloured Rohu fish is an important aquacultured freshwater species and very commonly eaten in India and also considered a delicacy in Bhojpur (MP).

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Hilsa – Ilish Shad

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Ilish or hilsa shad is a freshwater and brackish water fish, popular in India especially West Bengal, Odisha, Tripura, Assam and Andhra Pradesh. The fish is a popular food in Andhra Pradesh and Bengal.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Pulasa Fish

Godavari river Pulasa fish in Andhra Pradesh is the tastiest and costliest of all the varieties of the popular fish found in India. This species of fish is also known by the name of hilsa, Ilish and hilsa shad.

There is a saying in Andhra Pradesh – Pustelu ammi ayina Pulasa tinocchu means, It’s worth eating Pulasa Fish by even selling the Mangalsutra.

Catla – Indian Carp

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Katla or Catla also known as major Indian carp is commonly found in rivers and lakes of India and one of the most popular species of freshwater fish. The catla along with roho labeo and mrigal carp are the most important aquacultured freshwater fish in India.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Tilapia – Cichlid Fish

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Tilapia are mainly freshwater fish inhabiting shallow waters, rivers, lakes and also commonly found living in brackish water of India. Tilapia are also among the most consumed fish in the world and one of the most important fish in aquaculture after carp and salmon.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Tengra – Mystus Tengara

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Tengra or Tengna is a small size catfish and one of the tasty fish in Bengali recipes of Tangra Macher Jhal. Tengra fish mostly found in rivers of Indian state of Bihar, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Bengal.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Magur – Walking Catfish

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Magur is a medium sized walking catfish species, native to Indian rivers and Southeast Asia. The walking catfish species is a omnivorous creature and a delicacy in the Indian state of Assam, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Kajuli – Ailia Coila

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Kajuli also known as the Gangetic ailia, mostly found in large rivers and connected water systems. This species is an importance to local commercial fisheries of India.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Rani – Pink Perch

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Rani fish or Pink Perch is a freshwater gamefish, found in different geographical areas of India. The fish is small in size and very commonly sold freshwater fish in India.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Ritha

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Rita is a species of bagrid catfish that is found in West Bengal. It is one of the giants of its genus, growing a length of 150 cm. It is commercially fished for human consumption.

Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

Prawn Fish

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Locality: Rohu fishes are widely found in softwater pounds across India. Rohu is highly demanded fish in Indian market because of its availability and cheaper price.
Availability: Throughout the entire year.

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