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Mohammed Shahabuddin

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Bangladesh's Fishy Tale: Overfishing Threatens Marine Treasures

Your Excellency, President of Bangladesh,
I am writing to you today with grave concern regarding the state of our nation's marine resources. Despite commendable efforts to implement regulations and protect fish stocks, the rampant use of industrial trawlers and illegal fishing practices are pushing our aquatic biodiversity towards a critical tipping point.
A recent study reveals a stark decline – a 17% decrease in marine fish species since 1971. This alarming trend is driven by overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution, with industrial trawlers playing a particularly destructive role. These vessels often encroach into unauthorized zones, unfairly competing with artisanal fishers and decimating critical breeding grounds.
The consequences are dire. Fishermen like Mostafizur, who have witnessed the Bay of Bengal's bounty for decades, now struggle to catch even a fraction of what they once did. The diversity of marine life has dwindled, replaced by a handful of depleted species. This not only undermines the livelihoods of countless coastal communities but also threatens the food security of our nation.
Your Excellency, we cannot afford to ignore this crisis any longer. The actions we take today will determine the fate of our oceans and the well-being of generations to come. I urge you to take immediate and decisive steps to address this critical issue:
Strengthen enforcement of existing regulations: Ensure strict monitoring and penalties for illegal fishing and encroachment by industrial trawlers.
Invest in sustainable fishing practices: Promote and incentivize responsible fishing methods that minimize environmental impact and protect breeding grounds.
Empower artisanal fishers: Provide support and resources to traditional fishing communities, who are often the stewards of our coastal ecosystems.
Prioritize marine conservation: allocate adequate resources and personnel to research, monitor, and protect our marine habitats and biodiversity.
The fight to preserve our marine resources is not just an environmental imperative; it is a matter of national security and economic prosperity. We must act now to ensure a thriving future for our coastal communities and a legacy of abundance for generations to come.
I stand ready to offer my support in any way possible, and I implore you to take bold action to safeguard the future of our magnificent marine ecosystem.




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  • Ann Nyambura

    11 w

    Quite alarming

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    • Princess

      11 w

      Urgent measures are needed to address unsustainable practices and ensure the preservation of the country's marine ecosystems before irreversible damage occurs.

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      • We Don't Have Time

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        • Elizabeth Gathigia

          11 w

          This is very alarming, the government needs to put more strict regulations in order to stop overfishing

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          • walter lungayi

            11 w

            Overfishing is a serious threat to Bangladesh's marine treasures and urgent measures are needed to protect its fish populations.

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            • Gorffly mokua

              11 w

              The government must take steps to address this issue, such as enforcing laws to prohibit overfishing and implementing sustainable fishing practices.

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              • Joseph Githinji

                11 w

                @gorffly_mokua Bangladesh President must make the bold decision and make strick regulations to stop overfishing.

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              • Kevin

                11 w

                This is very wrong and Bangladesh really needs to reign in on those hell bent on overfishing

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                • Gorffly mokua

                  11 w

                  @Kevin Yes this is wrong ,they should regulate the fishing!

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                • winnie nguru

                  11 w

                  This is wrong! They need to stop. Marine life matters

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                  • johnte ndeto

                    11 w

                    Marine resources are important and measures should be put in place to control fishing

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                  • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

                    11 w

                    This letter to the President of Bangladesh highlights the critical issue of overfishing threatening the country's marine resources. The author expresses grave concern about the decline in marine fish species and attributes it to overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution, particularly caused by industrial trawlers. The letter urges the President to strengthen enforcement of regulations, invest in sustainable fishing practices, empower artisanal fishers, and prioritize marine conservation. It emphasizes that addressing this crisis is not only an environmental imperative but also crucial for national security and economic prosperity. The letter calls for immediate and decisive action to ensure the well-being of coastal communities and a sustainable legacy for future generations.

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                    • Kevin

                      11 w

                      @rukia_ahmed_abdi It is imperative that the president act quick and stop this insanity

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                    • Esther Wanjiku

                      11 w

                      A disaster looming ..Marine life should be protected at whatever cost

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                      • winnie nguru

                        11 w

                        @esther_wanjiku_785 indeed

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                        • Gorffly mokua

                          11 w

                          @esther_wanjiku_785 I completely agree. Marine life is an essential component of our ecosystems and needs to be protected from harm.

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                        • Joseph Githinji

                          11 w

                          This is alarming, Bangladesh President must prioritise marine conservation. We need to restore marine life to protect our ecosystem.

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                          • Kevin

                            11 w

                            @joseph_githinji Absolutely

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                            • Gorffly mokua

                              11 w

                              @joseph_githinji Absolutely. It is critical that Bangladesh's President prioritizes marine conservation efforts and implements measures to restore marine life.

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                              • Jane Wangui

                                8 w

                                @joseph_githinji marine life is very important and crucial in our ecosystem.Over fishing should now be a thing of the past.

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