A 22-day fishing ban on Hilsa, imposed to protect the fish during its peak breeding season has ended
News Desk : dhakamirror.com
The government lifted a 22-day ban on catching, selling, and transporting Hilsa on Friday. This meant that Hilsa could be caught, sold, and moved again on Saturday.
When different kinds of fish caught in the Bay were brought to the wholesale market, the usual noise and activity returned.
Many of the fishermen said they were forced to borrow money to survive because of the fishing ban. As a result, they began preparing nets and boats a week earlier in order to resume operations as soon as the ban is lifted.
North Chattla Coastal Jaldas Cooperative Welfare Association’s general secretary Liton Jaldas said, “North Chattogram has 5,600 registered fishermen. Many of them didn’t receive rice as government aid during the fishing ban. So, they took high-interest loans.”
Chattogram District Fisheries Officer Farhana Lovely said, “Chattogram has a total of 26,992 registered fishermen. We gave out rice based on the list given to us by the local ward, union council chairmen.”
WorldFish, a non-profit research and innovation group, says that the country provides 85% of the Hilsa in the world.
The Department of Fisheries says that 5.65 lakh tonnes of Hilsa were taken from the country’s rivers and seas in FY21, which which was 5.5 lakh tonnes in FY20.