Ban to be lifted midnight, fishermen ready to fishing hilsa...

Dhaka, Tuesday   30 November 2021

Ban to be lifted midnight, fishermen ready to fishing hilsa

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 09:55 AM, 25 October 2021   Updated: 03:14 PM, 25 October 2021

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

The 22-day ban on catching, selling, transportation and hoarding of hilsa fish will end on Monday midnight. Fishermen in the country are getting ready to start catching hilsa in the rivers after 12:00 am.

Earlier, to protect mother hilsa for ensuring safe breeding, the government imposed a ban on catching, selling, transporting and hoarding the fish for 22 days, which started from October 4 until October 25.

This was the peak period when the marine fish swims against the tide to spawn in rivers.

During the period, all types of fishing including hilsa were stopped in rivers, estuaries and seas of 20 districts. Those districts are - Dhaka, Munshiganj, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Manikganj, Rajbari, Faridpur, Barishal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Pirojpur, Jhalokati, Chandpur, Laxmipur, Feni, Noakhali, Chattogram, Cox's Bazar and Bagerhat.

The catching of hilsa is also restricted in the rivers of other 18 districts including Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj, Tangail, Gazipur, Jamalpur, Rajshahi, Natore, Bogura, Sirajganj, Pabna, Chapainawabganj, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Brahmanbaria, Khulna, Kushtia and Narail.

Ilish has the highest contribution to the country's fish production, the government says. It contributes to more than 12.09% of the country's fish production. Bangladesh produces the highest number of hilsa in the world - more than 80%.

Ilish production in Bangladesh has gone up by 159.76% in the last 15 years, thanks to the government's efforts, including their ban on catching brood fish, and fries.

The government also imposes bans on catching hilsa during March-April to help the hilsa fry grow and return to the sea.

According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, hilsa production jumped from 300,000 tons in 2008-09 to 500,000 tons in 2017-18. In the last financial year, 550,000 tons of hilsa were caught in the country.