Vol. 5 Num 1094 Fri. June 29, 2007  

'Monitor catching of mother fishes at Halda'

Speakers at dialogue here on Wednesday emphasised monitoring on catching mother fishes and destruction of river bends to save the natural fish-spawning centre of the Halda.

They also underscored the need for naval training, renovation and restoration of the canals and springs flowing into the Halda in order to save the river and ensure a spawning-friendly ambiance.

Chittagong Nagorik Uddyog organised the dialogue titled 'Sanctuary at Halda: an unheard voice' at Abdul Khaleq auditorium of Chittagong Press Club.

Spawning at the Halda marked a serious decline with some 9000 Kgs of spawns collected this year as against the average collection of around 65,000 kgs of spawns in the early fifties, said the speakers at the dialogue.

The speakers at the dialogue hailed the government for imposing restriction on fishing in some 30km stretch of the Halda from Karnaphuli-Halda juncture to Satterghat from March 15 to July 15.

However, they criticised the restriction on fishing in the canals and springs where no spawning took place.

Professor Md Sikander Khan, also the president of Bangladesh Economic Association, Chittagong chapter, was the chief guest at the dialogue with elderly journalist and Chittagong Nagorik Uddyog leader Muhammad Idris.

Journalist Mohammad Ali, who made a series of investigative reports on the Halda, presented the key-note paper at the dialogue.