Total of twenty-three thousand carp fingerlings among which 12000 “Catla Catla” locally known as Katla and 11,000 “Labeo Rohita” locally known as Rui were released in a nursery waterbody named Rangamatia of Tanguar Haor on 12 August, 2011 under the flagship programme of IUCN, styled “Community Based Sustainable Management of Tanguar Haor.”
The event took place in an exuberant environment where thousands of fingerlings were released to increase the stock of fishes in Tanguar Haor, the natural fish breeding zone, and which has the global significance, as it is the second RAMSAR site of Bangladesh.
In consequence of a long leasing system in Tanguar Haor, there is a big decline in the numbers of large fishes mostly Rui and Katla. Because of this, the biodiversity of the wetland is coming under threat, and livelihood of the local community is facing a big challenge.
“Releasing twenty-three thousand fingerlings will help to protect the biodiversity of Tanguar Haor and will be a source of livelihood for the local community,” said AFM Rezaul Karim, Team leader of ‘Community based sustainable management of Tanguar Haor’ project.