Indigenous fishes release record eggs

Some popular species of fishes specially Ruhi, Katla, Mrigel and Kalibaush released record quantity of eggs on Sunday night in the river Halda, the lone natural fish breeding sanctuary in the country.

These fishes usually release eggs between March to June, the experts said adding that though mother fishes took long time to release eggs this year, its quantity is sufficient.

Halda expert Dr Monjurul Kibria told, the fry-collectors have collected huge quantity of eggs in the early hours of Monday by some 300 boats.

The river Halda is the only natural breeding ground in the south Asia where sweet water species like these fishes release their eggs at a certain period of the monsoon over a century.

Egg collectors Kamal Uddin Sawdagor said that they collected huge eggs from the river from the early hours of Monday morning to afternoon. “We have collected 3-4 kilograms (KGs) of eggs by each person, we hoped that we could collect more eggs,” he added.

Shahidul Alam, UNO of Hathazari said that hundreds of boats were collecting eggs in different area of Halda River under Hathazari and Raozan upazila of the district.

Besides, upazila administration, River police and fisheries office are also stationed there.

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