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VARANASI: The fish lovers are having a good time in the city as sudden increase of about 10 feet in Ganga water level has brought in a plenty of fishes in the river. It resulted in a sharp decline in fish price in the city. Arvind Mishra, chief executive officer, fishery department, said that it is a good sign of fish biodiversity in Ganga, but at the same time, the presence of exotic or alien fishes in huge quantities has also set the alarm bells ringing for the indigenous species. Along with local fishes like chelwa and cat fish, some alien species like common carp and tilapia are also being found in abundance, he said, adding that the invasion of foreign fishes in the Ganga is posing a serious threat to the indigenous species. "We have sent a report regarding the occurrence of exotic fishes in such a huge quantity to the National Bureau of Fish Genetic Resources (NBFGR), Lucknow," Mishra said. (This article was taken from http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-28/varanasi/29712158_1_fish-species-nbfgr-fish-genetic-resources)