"This is a mascot fish of our city, must continue to conserve," said Mayor H Ibnu Sina when he released the fish seeds from the Martapura River embankment at the Muara Kelayan, Friday.
This herbivorous fish is known to spread from Southeast Asia to Sumatra and Kalimantan, with other names as kelabau and kelabau padi.
The kelabau seeds were released with the hope to rear and breed, then it has a large population in the Martapura River. Not only to preserve its continuity, said Ibnu Sina, but to benefit the consumption of the people of Banjarmasin as well.
The fact is, he pointed out, the population of this freshwater fish has greatly reduced in the Banjarmasin waters part of Martapura River.
"Either because of natural condition or others. By resowing the fish seeds, I hope the population will grow again," said Ibnu Sina.
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According to him, the release of the seeds thanks to the concern pf a private company who channel its CSR funds for the preservation of the kelabau fish.
"We are very grateful for the concern of Swiss-Belhotel Banjarmasin in collaboration with the Food Security, Agriculture, and Fishery Office for this activity," Ibnu Sina said.
Meanwhile, the city government through the Food Security, Agriculture, and Fishery Office cotinues to carry out cultivation and breeding of kelabau fish.
"Not only cultivation, but the important thing is we keep protecting the river from being highly populated and killing the life in it," he said.
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