The District Fishery Department has declared five waterbodies as fish sanctuaries to increase natural production of fish.
None will be able to catch fish at the one-acre sanctuaries at Alykhali Beel at Nabinagar and at Kalibari, Gukarna, Shitarampur Gushaipur areas in Titas river basin.
Forty more sanctuaries will be set up in the eight upazilas of the district gradually, District Fishery Officer ASM Jahangir told this correspondent while demarcating a sanctuary in the river basin area recently. A survey has already been completed for the 40 planned sanctuaries, he said.
The sanctuaries will be protected so that mother fishes of indigenous varieties can grow and breed fries, he said. The four sanctuaries will initially cost Tk 25,000.