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Bangladesh: Saving Halda's broodfish by Mostafa Yousuf February 12,2018   |  Source: The Daily Star

As residents of Uttar Madarsa village in Hathazari upazila settle in for the evening, a group of 30 vigilantes gear up to keep an eye on the Halda River to stop the indiscriminate fishing of broodfish. Two teams of 15 members each patrol a 40-kilometre stretch of the river -- from Sattar Ghat to Moduna Ghat -- from dusk till dawn. These teams set off on their mission to save the fish on their own in January last year. In 2010, the Department of Fisheries had imposed a ban on fishing in the 40-km river stretch that crosses through the Hathazari and Raozan upazilas, to help the natural spawning of fish. But with little to no monitoring, some locals took advantage and fished in seclusion and at night when no one was around.As a result, fish yield and variety were both negatively impacted. The local fishermen joined hands early last year as no steps were taken by the Directorate of Environment, the Directorate of Fisheries and the Upazila Nirbahi Officer to protect the water body.

To expedite the initiative, Integrated Development Foundation (IDF), a nongovernment organisation, came forward to help in mid last year. It equipped the team with three speed boats, torch lights, rain coats and a monthly allowance of Tk 1,000 for each member. IDF is currently implementing a value chain

 

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