Excessive use of current nets pushes fish resources on verge of extinction in Naogaon

Dhaka,  Monday,   2016-09-18
Published : 18 Sep 2016, 21:08:43

Excessive use of current nets pushes fish resources on verge of extinction in Naogaon

Our Correspondent

NAOGAON, Sept 18: Fish resources in almost all upazilas of the district have been facing extinction for years due to indiscriminate use of current nets.

Sources said, fishing with current nets is one of the main reasons of destroying fishes especially in flood prone Atrai, Manda and Mohadevpur upazilas and their adjacent areas.

Fish of native species in rivers, canals, borrowpits, lakes, and other water bodies in the district are on decline as use of these nets.

Sources said a section of greedy traders are selling the nets at retail and wholesale prices at every haat day in different markets in the district.

Each pound of current nets is being sold at Tk 700 to Tk 1200, the sources added.

A local grocery shop owner in Nazipur haat on condition of anonymity informed current nets are on rampant sale in the area for the past several years. But no step has been taken to stop the illegal business.

According to fish experts and environmentalists, if the situation like this continues, the rivers, canals and other wetland in the district will be denuded of the fish resources in near future.

District fisheries officer Imrul Kayes said a publicity regarding ban on current net was done earlier so that none can do this business. Several drivers were also conducted at different haats in the district.

Necessary steps would be taken soon to stop selling the current nets, he added.

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