Tanguar haor plays an important role in fish production as it functions as a 'mother fishery' for the country
Every winter the haor is home to about 200 types of migratory birds. The haor is an important source of fish. In 1999-2000, the government earned 7,073,184 takas as revenue just from fisheries of the haor. There are more than 140 species of fresh water fish in the haor. The more predominant among them are: ayir, gang magur, baim, tara, gutum, gulsha, tengra, titna, garia, beti, kakia etc. Hijal, karach, gulli, balua, ban tulsi, nalkhagra and other freshwater wetland trees are in this haor.
Plant species like Hizol (Barringtonia acutangula), Clematis cadmia, Crataeva nurvala, Euryale ferox, Nelumbo nucifera, Ottelia alismoides, Oxystelma secamone var. secamone, Pongamia pinnata, Rosa clinophylla, and Typha species are threatened, rapidly disappearing and becoming rare.
Map Title: North to Tanguar Haor
We rented a van and driver to take us up to Sunamganj. On the map it looked like we could bypass Sylhet by driving west of the city, going north from Habiganj. We left Dhaka at 7am and only stopped once for a short break, arriving in Sunamganj at 3:30pm. After lunch there we took a ferry across the river where we got in a laguna, which is a miniature pickup, and drove for almost another two hours through the countryside to the house we stayed in. The next morning it was another hour or two in a laguna to get to the river that led to the wetlands. After an hour motoring up the river we made it to the wetlands and entered Tanguar Haor, which is a protected wildlife area.