PLASTIC DEBRIS NEAR BURIGANGA RIVER BANK OF BANGLADESH – A NEW CONCERN FOR FISH, FISHING AND HUMAN HEALTHRUMANA TASMIN, KAZI NEWAZ ULLAH, MD GOLAM ROSUL, ABDULLAH AL FARUK AND MD. ZIARUL ISLAM
Plastic pollution near rivers is of high concern because of its persistence in the environment and its potential impact on ecosystems. However, there is a specific lack of data in rivers of Bangladesh. Here we present data from the five different part of Buriganga river banks. Active sampling from each site was in quadrat of 1 m2 located downstream in the estuary in a visual maximum along a 1 km shore covered by plastics. A total maximum 35 plastic debris items were individually counted from Zinzira, According to classified item and weight, load of plastic debris were zinzira>gabtoli>postogolla>fatulla>bosila respectively. It is obvious that last two or three decades, the quantity of plastic wastes has increased due to industrial and human activity near Buriganga river. Therefore, impact on fish biodiversity, fishing activity (clogging in net), and livelihood of local fisherman are affected. Thus, government intervention on illegal dumping of plastic waste, strict law implementation and awareness building among people become key concerns to save the Burigangariver from plastic pollution.