Fishermen pour poison into river for catching fish

Our Correspondent

9 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

BOGURA: A large quantity of fish died in the Jamuna river as dishonest fishermen poured poison on its water in Dhunat upazila of Bogura. The natural breeding of fish is being hampered due to the poaching of shrimps in the river.

Locals saw many dead fish of Ruhi, Boal, Pabda, Kali-baush, Ayer, Gojar and Puthi floating in the river on Thursday morning. Many ducks also died following intake of poisonous fish, locals said.

Physicians have opined that the fishes are not suitable for human consumption.

Meanwhile, other aquatic animals are dying due to water poisoning. As a result, biodiversity is under threat. Every year in the dry season the unscrupulous cycle catches fish in this way.

According to local sources, poaching of shrimps with poison in the river Jamuna is not being stopped due to lack of law enforcement. As a result, the food cycle of the area is also greatly affected.

Naturally occurring fish food is being wasted and fish breeding is being hampered. For a long time they have been extracting other fish including shrimp with poison. Where these pesticides are applied, all the fish, big and small, die. Only big fish are collected from there.

Abdur Razzak of Bhandarbari village on the banks of the Jamuna said that a kind of poisonous substance (poison) which when applied to the water, the fish rises from the deep water. Most of these fish are shrimp.

Although the big fish were caught in the net, the small fish died and floated in the river. They are the influential Shaikh fish hunters of the society. Because of this the locals are not getting the courage to speak against them.

Upazila Fisheries Officer Masud Rana Sarkar said the fish died due to poisoning in the Jamuna river. In addition, the food and reproduction of naturally made fish is lost. But it is not possible to guard the Jamuna with insufficient manpower. Even after that I am trying to enforce the law as much as possible.

Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sanjay Kumar Mahanta said fishing with poison in the Jamuna poses a great threat to biodiversity. It is a punishable offense to catch fish by pouring poison in open water. The Upazila Fisheries Officer has been directed to take action against these fish hunters.