Shrimp fry netting on in Char Fasson defying ban
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, June 20: Fishermen of the upazila are netting shrimp fry from the Meghna and the Tetulia rivers defying a government ban on catching fish.
Although the fry worth crore taka are being marketed in the district, local administration is not taking any step.
Fisheries Department claimed that action will be taken against those who are defying the ban.
Specialists are saying that due to the unplanned netting of the fry, other varieties of fish and eco-friendly pests are getting damaged and becoming extinct in the river.
Thousands of people are netting the shrimp fry from the Meghna River. Many aquatic animals including eggs are being netted along with the fry. Fishermen are keeping the fry only and dumping the other fish in the river.
The shrimp fry are supplied to Khulna, Jashore and other districts of the South-Western region through broker syndicate.
Although they are damaging the habitats and lives of aquatic animals, the government is not taking any steps.
On the other hand, the fishermen are saying that due to crisis of fish in the river, they are netting the fry.
Ankur Imtiaz, research associate of Eco Fish Project Bangladesh of World Fish, said the fishermen are not only fishing the fry, they are also damaging other 90 to 100 varieties of fish which might have long term effect on the nature.
Upazila Fisheries Office sources said they have taken stern action against the netters.
The sources also said members of Coast Guard Bangladesh and Bangladesh Navy are conducting drives to bar them.
The sources further said the netters are poor. Lakhs of fishermen are involved in netting and selling of shrimp fry defying the ban.
Traders buy the fry at Tk 300 per thousand and sell at Tk 350 per thousand to the wholesalers.
The wholesalers sell these at Tk 1,200 to 1,500 per thousand in Khulna and Jashore districts.