Research and survey vessel, RV Meen Shandhani, to detect species of marine fish and animals in the Bay of Bengal
Prothom Alo

Research and survey vessel, RV Meen Shandhani, has so far detected 457 species of marine fish and animals in the Bay of Bengal since 2016, said fisheries and livestock minister SM Rezaul Karim in Jatiya Sangsad (parliament) on Tuesday, reports UNB.

The survey ship is cruising since 2016-2017 to assess the stock of marine resources and conduct researches and surveys. It has so far conducted 31 surveying cruises, he said replying to a tabled question from Awami League MP, M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).

“A total of 457 species of fish and animals were detected through the surveys,” said the minister.

Of these, 373 species are of fishes, 24 shrimps, 21 sharks and rays, 21 crabs, five cuttlefishes, five squids, four octopuses, three lobsters and one squilla.

The survey vessel, equipped with the latest technology of fisheries and other oceanographic research, was procured from Malaysia in 2016 after Bangladesh got a vast sea area through the disposal of longstanding disputes with the two neighbouring countries -- India and Myanmar.

Besides, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and Institute of Marine Research (IMR) conducted a 15-day acoustic survey cruise in the Bay of Bengal by the latest marine research vessel ‘RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen’ in August 2018.

Per capita fish consumption is 62.58 gram a day

In reply to another question from ruling party lawmaker Shahiduzzaman Sarker (Naogaon-2), the minister said per capita fish consumption in Bangladesh is 62.58 grams a day.

He said per capita fish demand is 60 gram a day, but per capita consumption is 62.58 grams, according to the report of Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics. In terms of consumption against the demand, Bangladesh has attained self-sufficiency in fish production, he added.

The fish production was 4.5 million tonnes in 2019-2020 fiscal in the country, Rezaul said.