The indigenous fish species in Kurigram is under a big threat due to rapidly increased farming and marketing if the hybrid ones.
Besides, all varieties of local fish are also on the decline in all the nine upazilas of the district because of drastic fall in waters of the rivers, ponds and water bodies.
The sharp fall of production of local fish resources is also widely blamed on the indiscriminate catching of the mother fish.
The hybrids are replacing a total of 20 varieties of local fish including puti, khailsa, magur, baim, chital, koi, shol, shing, boal, pabda, balea, mowa, izla, darka, chanda, chela, garai, changti, tengra, bheda and lalkhalisa.
The local hats and bazars are now flooded with hybrid varieties of fish which are less tasty and nutritious than local ones.
Poor production of the indigenous fish species has made them scarce of the markets are thrown a good number local fishermen out of their ancestral job. These fishermen once caught huge fish from the local water bodies and sold the same after meeting their domestic demand.
With the depletion of local fish resources in the region, the proverb “Bengalis are with rice and fish” seems to have started losing its actual meaning.
Sources said unabated use of fine nets for fishing in the water bodies, their pollution and poor depth in river waters, because if filling up of their embankments by illegal encroacher are also among the reasons behind the fall in production of the local fish.
Dulal 40, Kachua 48 and Kandura 45 fish traders at the Kurigram municipality market told this correspondent that very few number of the local fish species were now found in the rivers and water bodies adding that the production will decrease more in future.
Mostafiz 45, Rafikul 40 and Ratan Ali 60 buyers at the municipality market told this correspondent that local fishes were scarce on the market, adding that even if they were found, very high prices were charged for them which was beyond the purchasing capacity of the common consumers.
Kurigram District Fishery Officer Kalipada Roy told the “Daily Nobobarta” that some lokal fishes including Koi, Magur, shinghi, Pabda are being produced in various ways now which are also being sold in the markets. The buyers are also purchasing those fishes at low cost.
In addition, we are trying to make environment to recover local pieces of fishes. We are supplying leaflets among the people to build up awareness not to catch local fishes with nets from the rivers as their breeding are being hampered. Sometimes we seize nets of fishermen from the rivers and water bodies.