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Olive Ridley turtles and Iraboti dolphins in Bhola fishermen's nets

Published : Tuesday, 24 May, 2022 at 4:19 PM  Count : 682
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Olive Ridley turtles and Iraboti dolphins in Bhola fishermen's nets

Olive Ridley turtles and Iraboti dolphins in Bhola fishermen's nets


A sea turtle and a dolphin of the rare species Olive Ridley have been caught in the net of a fisherman trawler at Char Kukri-Mukri Union under Charfesson upazila in Bhola district.

As the fishermen were returning from the sea on Tuesday afternoon, a tortoise weighing 30 kg and a dolphin weighing about 90 kg got stuck in the net attached to the trawler.

Enayet Hossain, a fisherman trained by the private NGO World Fish, rescued both of them alive while pulling the net. They later released the two turtles and dolphins into the sea.

Monaim Hossain, an assistant researcher at World Fish Bangladesh's Ecofis-2, said the tortoise was identified as Olive Ridley and the dolphin as an Irrawaddy. The tortoise weighed 30 kg and the dolphin weighed about 90 kg.

He further said "Under USAID, 10 of our fishermen, including Enayet Hossain, have been working to conserve fishery resources and marine biodiversity in the Nijhum Island marine reserve,"

Bhola Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation Officer Aminul Islam said that at one time fishermen used to harm these sea creatures without realizing it. But now they have learned to understand, so they themselves are playing a leading role in protecting these animals.

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