Rezaul launches gene bank for endangered local fish species


MYMENSINGH, Sept 5, 2020 (BSS) – Fisheries and Livestock Minister S
M Rezaul Karim today inaugurated a gene bank for endangered local fish
species at Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) headquarters
in the district.

The first of its kind in the country, the bank has collected genes
of a total 143 endangered fish species.

Presided over by BFRI director general Dr Yahia Mahmud, the
inaugural function was also attended by Fisheries and Livestock
Secretary Rawnak Mahmud and Department of Fisheries director general
Quazi Shams Afroz, among others.

Rezaul Karim said the government has put emphasis on the fisheries
sector to meet the demand of protein. So the use of technology in
developing this sector is must and BFRI is contributing a lot to this
end, he added.

Dr Yahia Mahmud said there are a total 260 species of fish in the
country, of which 143 species have made their place in this gene bank.