Ban on hilsa fishing from midnight
Published: 11:41 AM, 13 October 2020
In a bid to protect mother fish during peak breeding season, the government imposed the 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding, and transporting of hilsa across the country from October 14 midnight.
The ban will continue till November 4.
Earlier on Sunday, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said that river police, Bangladesh Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries will jointly implement the hilsa protection campaign at 152 Upazilas of 36 districts of the country.
The government will provide adequate food assistance to fisherfolk who cannot collect or sell hilsa during the ban so that no one involved in this process faces food crisis, the minister said.
Hilsa has the highest contribution in the country's fish production. It contributes to more than 12.09% of the country's fish production.
In 2017-18, Ilish production was 5.17 lakh MT, which had an estimated value of around Tk 20,680 crore. This year, the authorities concerned set a target to produce 5.5 lakh MT Hilsa.
Earlier, the two-month government ban on netting, selling, and transporting of hilsa began on March 1 and ended May 1.