Massive die off of fish, no one knows why, in Mymensingh, Bangladesh
Over the past fifteen years, Bangladeshi pisciculture has undergone a revolution, bringing the nation to fourth position globally in the farming of freshwater fish. For the last several years, koi fish, first Thai koi and subsequently ‘all female’ koi, have shared centre stage; but from three years ago it was Vietnamese koi that took the mantle of most exciting koi breed, with the promise of the highest profits. The Vietnamese koi industry has blossomed since, without a hitch, until now.
This year, Vietnamese koi farmers have lost millions of taka. To find out exactly what is going on, I spoke with the pisciculturalists of Mymensingh, the district that has long been one step ahead of others in freshwater fish production.
“I couldn’t sell any fish yet,” says pisciculturalist Rahim of Mymensingh’s Fulbari upazila. “All the adult koi are dead, only the small ones are left.”
His colleague Jabbar from Mymensingh Sadar upazila says he started with approximately 350,000 Vietnamese koi fry but only around 50,000 have survived.
In nearby Trishal upazila, Jamil tells of similar woe. “When the fish were only a month old they started to die. On many a morning I found dead koi floating.”
Courtesy of thedailystar.net