22-day ban on hilsa fishing starts from midnight
Published: 12:53 PM, 3 October 2021 Updated: 04:15 PM, 3 October 2021
A 22-day ban on fishing hilsa is starting from midnight today to ensure the safe breeding for mother hilsa. The government has banned hilsa fishing from October 4 to October 25.
The sale, transportation, storage and exchange of hilsa has also been banned during the 22-day period between Ashwin’s new moon and full moon (Bengali month).
The decision to impose a ban on hilsa fishing was adopted at a meeting of the National Task Force Committee on Hilsha Resource Development, chaired by Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim at the Matsya Bhaban in the capital on September 22.
During the meeting, the Fisheries and Livestock Minister said the banned on fishing and operations are conducted “in the interest of the fishermen”. “The harder it is to protect the country’s fisheries, the harder it has to be done,” he added.
At that time, the minister called upon all to work together to make the 22-day ban on hilsa fishing more successful than last year.
Meanwhile, the price of hilsa has gone up in the coastal areas of the country due to the ban. Ordinary people are flocking to the fish markets for last-minute shopping.
Fish sellers said “buyers are flocking to the market to buy fish due to the 22-day ban on fishing in the sea”. Currently, hilsa weighing 1.5 kg is being sold at Tk 1700 to 1800 per kg. Hilsa of the same size used to be sold at Tk 1200 per kg. The price of small hilsa fluctuates all the time.
According to the Department of Fisheries, fishing on the rivers and seas of the country is halted for a total of 22 days every year before and after the full moon of Ashwin to increase the breeding of hilsa in the Bay of Bengal and rivers. Even then, fishing was banned for 5 days in March-April, 2 months in a sanctuary in November-December and 65 days in the deep sea.