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7 November, 2018 09:54:25 AM
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Exhibition on marine life in Bay of Bengal ends at BSA

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Exhibition on marine life in Bay of Bengal ends at BSA
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A five-day exhibition titled ‘Healthy Ocean, Healthy People’, the first-of-its-kind interactive exhibition concluded yesterday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) in the capital.

Around 12 species of Dolphins and Whales and 70 species of Sharks and Shapla fish, their lifestyle, models, photographs and various other research on the marine animals including their numbers, location, condition, structure and how to protect them were covered in the exhibition.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) organized the exhibition aiming to exhibit marine wildlife in the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh’s efforts to conserve wildlife.

“Almost five thousand people visited the exhibition over five days. Though we expected 6-7000 people, the visitor’s response and comments were satisfactory,” said WCS program assistant Nadim Parvez.

“Dhaka residents don’t get the opportunity to know much about marine creatures. The purpose of the exhibition is let them know about marine creatures,” said Nadim Parvez, adding that WCS provided the real size model of whales, sharks and different fish of the ocean through this exhibition.

How the fish live in the ocean, how they communicate with each other, their strengths and weaknesses, which fishes live more in which areas of ocean, how they identify one another, were all covered in the exhibition.

Mentioning this was the first exhibition on marine creatures in Dhaka, Nadim Parvez said that the cause of decrease in the marine population, as well as possible solutions were also shown in the exhibition. “The exhibition showed how we collect data from ocean step by step, what instruments we use conducting our research, what types of net are used by fisherman to catch fish and about impacts of nets.”

“The Bay of Bengal is home to the largest population of Irawaddy Dolphins, numbering 5800.

A few months ago we have found the largest sawfish in the world, measuring almost 9 meters and 1400 kg in weight just a few months ago in the Bay of Bengal.”

Marine Protected Area (MPA) of the Bay of Bengal was also demonstrated at the exhibition. The importance of the MPA and two proposed new MPAs by WCS to help our marine creatures live were also shown in the exhibition.

There was also a comment board where visitors were asked to put down their messages to save the ocean creature.

KK

 

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