Alexa Hilsa scarcity leads to paucity

Dhaka, Tuesday   22 October 2019


Hilsa scarcity leads to paucity

 Imran Hossain, Patharghata

 Published: 06:56 PM, 17 September 2019  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Wailing is going on the fishermen-villages of the Patharghata upazila of Barguna district due to the scarcity of hilsa.  The fishermen's life and livelihood of the area depends on hilsa of Bay of Bengal and Bishkhali River.

Local sources informed, after passing the Srabon, now the water level has increased in the rivers and seas at the end of the Vadra. But silver hilsa has not been seen yet.

Fishermen of the coastal area have been passing the days in paucity for not getting fish in the sea and river. The thought of the NGO's loan led to frustration coming down on them, the source said also. 

Many fishermen are not going to the river. They have become unemployed because there is no other source of income. The stockists are passing lazy time.

Hamid, Ruhul and Amin, the fishermen, said, “They have been in extreme danger as fish is not getting at rivers and seas. With the very few fishes that getting for whole day-night we cannot be able to cost trawler oil.” 

They also said that they could not repay their loans taken from NGOs and various banks. They come back with empty-hands from the river. Many were fleeing due to failing to pay their debts.

Meanwhile, Hafizur Rahman, a stockist, said, "I was hoping that big size hilsa would be caught in Bhadra month. But so far the desired hilsa has not been met. I am looking forward to getting hilsa for the rest of the time.”  

Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer (Acting) Md. Mahfuzul Hasnain said the fishermen are unable to go to the deep sea because of the hostile weather. Besides, this year there is some change in climate. Hopefully the silver hilsa will catch on soon.