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Protesting Ban on Fishing in Bay

Fish sellers, boat owners block Ctg-Cox’s Bazar road

Published : Wednesday, 12 June, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 172

CHATTOGRAM, Jun 11: Fish sellers and the fishing boat owners blocked the vehicular traffic movement on Chattogream-Cox's Bazar Highway on Tuesday morning protesting the 65-day fishing ban in the Bay.
Hundreds of fish sellers and the boat owners staged demonstrations on the Highway at Goal Chattar of Shah Amanat Bridge at around 10.30 am halting the movement of vehicular traffic on the route for more than one and a half hours.
Later as Bakalia Police assured them of taking steps to meet their demand they had withdrawn the barricade at around 12 noon.
On Sunday the fishermen blocked the traffic movement on the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway for about two hours in Sitakunda Upazila demanding withdrawal of fishing ban in the Bay.
Several hundred people from 'Matshyajibi Jele Somproday' organisation came out on to the street around 10am.
They put up barricades and demonstrated demanding withdrawal of the 65-day ban imposed on May 20.
The government said it would provide 40 kilograms of rice monthly to each of 4,14,784 fishermen's families in 42 upazilas of 12 coastal districts during ban from May 20 to July 23.  
This has pushed 50,000 families of fishermen towards uncertainty.
The ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal started on May 20 and is set to run for 65 days. It applies to all water vessels until July 23.
The fishing ban was first introduced in 2015 to preserve fish stock and ensure proper breeding. The restriction has been in effect every year for a specified period.

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