RAJSHAHI, Sept 21 (BSS): Enhanced fish production in the open-water bodies can be the effective means to meet protein deficiency and poverty alleviation along with employment generation, speakers at a post-rally discussion here said.
Referring to the immense prospect of the fisheries sector they said fish production could easily be increased to a great extent through the best use of existing natural resources.
Conservation of the water resources and other wetlands has become indispensable for the sake of boosting fish production to meet up the national protein demands, speakers said.
They made these observations while releasing fish fingerlings in Padma River adjacent to Shreerampur in the city on Tuesday.
Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP) and Community Policing Cell jointly organised the event in association with Bangladesh Police Service Association and Department of Fisheries with the main thrust of boosting fish production in open water bodies.
On the occasion, 110-kg of native fish species like rui, katla and mrigel were released.
RMP Commissioner Shafiqul Islam, Additional Commissioner Sarder Tamiz Uddin and Deputy Commissioners Tanvir Haider Chowdhury, AKM Nahidul Islam, Abu Zafar and Tofayel Ahmed and Divisional Deputy Director of Department of Fisheries Md Kamruzzaman spoke on the occasion.
The speakers put emphasis on formulation of tough law against dumping of ponds and other natural water bodies as the aquatic biodiversity and fish production of the area have been decreasing gradually due to various manmade and natural causes.
In his remarks, Police Commissioner Shafiqul Islam stated that the reduced water flow in the internal rivers has resulted in a severe depletion of fisheries.
He put emphasis on fish habitat restoration, establishment of fish sanctuaries, fish pass, stock enhancement in floodplain and creating social awareness for proper rehabilitation of the fisheries sector.
He called for involving more people in the fish farming activities for the sake of meeting the protein demands as only the fish fulfill at least 60 per cent need of the animal protein especially of the poor and marginal communities. The RMP Chief, however, attributed that the fish production has been enhanced significantly through adoption of modern technologies in fish culture.