54 species of freshwater fishes endangered in Bangladesh

Staff Correspondent

At least 54 species of freshwater fishes, out of 256, are now endangered in the country, fisheries experts on Wednesday said.
Speaking at the ‘Annual Research Planning Workshop-2014-15’, they expressed concern over ‘excessive use of antibiotics and pesticides in fish farming.
Fisheries and livestock minister Muhammed Sayedul Hoque told the workshop that excessive catch of fish from fishing grounds and uncontrolled use of pesticides in agriculture has endangered the natural fishing grounds.
Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute organised the workshop at the LGED Bhaban. BFRI director general Muhammad Zaher presided over the workshop.
Fisheries department director general Syed Arif Azad said antibiotic resistance in shrimp in the coastal areas has become a threat for shrimp production.
At least 26 types of antibiotics are now resistant because of excessive and improper use, he said, adding that it must be restrained before further damage.
Presenting research papers, the BFRI director Yahia Mahmud said the scientists were hopeful to invent vaccine against virus contamination in catfish (shing) by next two years.
The BFRI has already started research on sea weed culture technique along with seawater fishes as the new maritime boundary has widened the opportunity, he added.
BFRI has been able to invent conservation and cultivation techniques of 14 freshwater species among 54 endangered species.

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