In the fourth phase, mother fish laid eggs in Halda river, one of the natural fish breeding centers of the country. Lays this egg on Wednesday afternoon today. However, the amount of eggs is less.
Chittagong Hathazari and Raozan Upazila Administration and Fisheries Department have confirmed the issue of laying eggs in the fourth phase. The collectors got eggs from four or five parts of the river around 4 pm today. The mother fish usually lay eggs during the first heavy rains and thunderstorms of the season. However, the sky was cloudy throughout the day on Wednesday but there was no heavy rain with thunder.
Egg collectors and concerned people were waiting for the full moon date in the river as the full breeding season started from the beginning of last May. They were hoping that if there was heavy rain with thunder, the mother fish would lay eggs. However, even though the eggs were released three times last week, the amount was comparatively less. At high tide the mother fish laid eggs in the river. However, today, on Wednesday, in the middle of the tide, the mother fish laid eggs again.
It can be seen on the spot that Azim Ghat of West Gujra Union of Raozan and Nayahat area of Garaduara Union of Hathazari were collecting 600 to 700 eggs with at least 300 boats. However, the amount of eggs is not high, they said. Some got eggs from half a kg to one kg.
Haji Babar Ali, who was collecting eggs in Azim’s Ghat area, said on Wednesday evening that he had received one kg of eggs. However, they are waiting for the evening tide, then the eggs can be found again.
Hathazari Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Muhammad Ruhul Amin told Prothom Alo on the river bank that waiting collectors were collecting eggs at Azim Ghat in West Gujra Union of Raozan, West Kagitia and Nayahat and Mashuaghona Khal areas of Garduara Union in Hathazari. The amount of egg laying may increase at high tide at night after dusk.
Hathazari Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Mohammad Nazmul Huda and Raozan Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Piyush Prabhakar said eggs were collected from multiple places on Wednesday. However, they could not confirm the amount.
Last week’s cyclone Yas caused a lot of pollen and eggs to be lost when salt water entered the river. The collectors were disappointed as a lot of eggs were lost in four government and one private hatcheries in the two upazilas. Besides, eggs and pollen were destroyed in 145 earthen wells. It was privately reported that 6,500 kg of eggs were found last week.
Administration and river researchers claim that this time the river environment is the safest in the last 20 years. However, due to natural disasters, the number of eggs has decreased due to the inability of mother fish to tolerate salt water.
Earlier, a 14-year record was broken in egg collection in Halda last year, when 25,538 kg of eggs were found. The previous year’s egg collection was seven thousand kg. It is learned that this time there are 600 to 700 collectors in the river with 300 boats to collect eggs from the river.
Halda researcher and professor of zoology at Chittagong University Manjurul Kibria told Prothom Alo that collectors are getting a lot of eggs in the Garduara area of the river. Here are a few buckets of eggs.
However, Kamal Saudagar, an elderly egg collector in the area, said he got 1 kg of eggs from 500 grams.
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