SYLHET: Fishermen and residents of some villages near the nationally acclaimed vast Ratargul Swamp forest have started getting benefits of an initiative taken up under a research by the Aquatic Resource Management Department of the Sylhet Agricultural University (SAU).
Had we continued the ongoing process of water management through the two sanctuaries and their neighbouring water bodies, reduction of our own varieties would have come down in years, said Ratargul Co-management Committee president.The research programme started in July 2018 with a target to raise production of depleting fish varieties and sanctuaries had been set on three acres on two locations on Ratargul swamp forest and its Gurokchi canal, said Professor Kundu.
Professor Mrityunjoy Kundu, head, Aquatic Resource Management department at SAU, also the chief investigator of the project told this correspondent rearing of Mola and Dhela on the pens, set just on the side of the sanctuary and released soon after the breeding season has made tremendous impact to enhance these two micro nutrient rich small fishes.
Research work on ‘enhancement of fish biodiversity and production in Sari-Goain River and its adjacent wetlands’ was initiated by the Department of Aquatic Resource Management of SAU and Shahjalal University of Science & Technology (SUST) under the financial assistance of NATP Phase-2 Project of Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council. The Local administration along with the department of Fishery also provided support, said the project’s Field officer KM Alamgir Hossain.
Under the programme two fish sanctuaries have been established covering three acres area in Ratargul Swamp Forest and Gurukchi River of Goainghat upazila. Two management committees have been formed to take care of the sanctuaries with 50 fishermen of Gurukchi village and 30 of Ratargul Swamp Forest area.