Fishermen net hilsa from Meghna aplenty
NOAKHALI, Sept 12: Fishermen here are happy as they are netting hilsa from the Meghna River in great quantities.
Local fish wholesale markets have become abuzz centring the hilsa catch.
While talked with wholesalers and fishermen at different fish markets of Chairman Ghat in Hatiya Upazila, it was known that they are passing busy times in buying and selling the fish. Thousands of fishermen are earning their livelihood by netting hilsa from the river day and night.
Fishermen said the hilsa fish are coming to the river from the sea which they are netting.
Meanwhile, local fisheries department thinks if high tide and rainfall increase, the fishermen will get more hilsa.
The fishermen said they are worried about the administrative drives against hilsa netting. Besides, the robbers have become more active in the river. After some days, the breeding season of hilsa will start when netting will be stopped by the administration.
While visiting different fishery ghats in the district including Alauddin, Janata and Tanki, thousands of fishing boats and trawlers were found to land at the ghats. Traders from Dhaka and other areas are buying the hilsa.
Per four-piece hilsa weighing one kg is selling at Taka 4,000 and jatka at Taka 200 250. But, these fishes are sold at more prices in Dhaka.
Fisherman Harish Chandra Majhi of Hatiya said they are netting hilsa since last week.
Fishermen at Tanki area in Hatiya said, "We were frustrated as we did not get hilsa for long. We hope that we will stand again after paying all the debts."
Senior Fisheries Officer of Noakhali Siraj Uddin Hossen said the quantity of hilsa is increasing due to rise of water and tide. After becoming mature, the hilsa is coming to the river from the sea. Some of them come to spread eggs. The fishermen are netting more hilsa.
If hilsa netting remains close during the breeding season, it will play great role in national economy.