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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin
© IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group

Volume 20 Issue 2 Pages 58 - 90 (October 2003)

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Prof. Padma. K. Silva (Coordinator, Otter Specialist Group, Asian region) asked me to contact you. Please allow me to introduce my self. I am working on different aspect of wildlife of Bangladesh during the last one decade. In the last few years I am working on otters of Bangladesh with the fund from OSG and Colombo Zoo, USA. I surveyed the Sundarbans and other areas for otters. You might know that the fishermen in the Sundarbans use otters for fishing. In south Asia, this is the only area where the ethnic fishermen group uses otters for fishing. We studied socio-economic condition of these ethnic fishermen, the fishing techniques with otters and biology of otters in captivity. This century old traditional practice is now under severe threat because of poor economic condition of the fishermen, lack of education and awareness.
 
I am interested to do some joint research on different aspects of otter and otter fishing in the Sundarbans. I will be very glad if you would kindly be involved to save this century old traditional practice.
 
Look forward for hearing from you.
Thank you! Sincerely yours,

Dr. Mohammed Mostafa Feeroz
Associate Professor, Department of Zoology
Jahangirnagar University
Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Phone: 0172047115 or 88-011832965
Fax: 88-02-7708069

Dear all,

I am a vet and I prepare a thesis (PhD) on otters (relationship between pollution and survival of otter populations in the S.E of France). For that, we are writing a questionnaire intented for the fishermen to know what they know about and what they think of otters (predation, pollution, reintroduction...). Did you already carry out this type of survey in people (fishermen, inhabitants,...) of your own country? Would you have references to advise me?

Thank you in advance for your help! Best regards

Alexandra MAZET
Docteur veterinaire, Doctorante, Pharmacie - Toxicologie
Ecole Nationale Veterinaire de Lyon, BP 83, F-69280 Marcy l'toile
Tel 33 (0)4 78 87 26 39; Fax : 33 (0)4 78 87 80 12
e-mail.: a.mazet@vet-lyon.fr or alexmazet@yahoo.fr

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