Aimed at conserving the native fresh water fishes, Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies (Kufos) will popularise the diversified aquaculture practices of several species. The efforts are on to promote the farming of the native fishes, which are facing threat of extinction, under the Prof Alikunhi Chair for Sustainable Aquaculture System functioning at Kufos. The species identified included snake heads, climbing perch, cat fishes, large barbs and ornamental varieties. The Chair has adopted strategies for conserving the species by developing standardised breeding protocols for the species having commercial value. As part of familiarising the artificial breeding and seed production techniques of the species, the Chair will organise a national workshop on ‘Recent Advancements in the Breeding and Seed Production Techniques of Native Fishes’ at Kufos on February 8 and 9.