Present Status of the Fish Seed Producing Hatcheries in the Jessore Region, Bangladesh

Md. Azharul Islam Sabuj, Sanjoy Banerjee Bappa, Mir Mohammad Ali, Md. Hasan-Uj-Jaman and Dr. Md. Anisur Rahamn

An investigation was conducted on the hatchery owners during the period from May to September, 2012 to know about the present condition and find out the problems of the fish seed producing hatcheries in the Jessore Region, Bangladesh. Training status of the hatchery owner’s show that in maximum cases they had no training. Funding source was self and loan, land ownership was own and lease. In the study, the maximum number of brood ponds, segregation ponds, circular tank, rectangular tank and hatching tank used by the Rupali fish hatchery was 11, 4, 1, 20 and 30 respectively. Most of the hatchery provides a manager and some assistants but have no skilled person. During the period of survey, the major management problems found in Shamim fish hatchery. The hatchery owners did not keep the record of the history of origin of brood and not followed the proper sex ratio for artificial breeding. For these reason, the factors that are liable to create inbreeding or negative selection in the seed produced in the hatchery. The highest seed production was found in Rupali fish hatchery (1500 kg/year) and the lowest production was in Shamim fish hatchery (600 kg/year). As Jessore contributes fifty percent of total fry and fingerling production in Bangladesh, therefore, the stakeholders should focus on the trade issues, fish fry production; otherwise fish supply would be interrupted as a whole.

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