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Govt imposes 22-day ban from October 4 on catching hilsa

Published : Wednesday, 22 September, 2021 at 7:43 PM  Count : 661

Govt imposes 22-day ban from October 4 on catching hilsa

Govt imposes 22-day ban from October 4 on catching hilsa

The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa fish starting from October 4.

The decision was taken at a meeting held at the Department of Fisheries on Wednesday with Fisheries and Livestock minister SM Rezaul Karim in the chair.

Last year, the ban on catching and selling hilsa fish was imposed from November 13.

A press release signed by Iftekhar Hossain, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock said on Wednesday that the ban on those activities would remain enforced till October 25.

"Hilsa catching and selling will remain stopped for a total of 22 days across the country. Hilsa procurement, marketing, buying, selling, transportating, accumulating and exchanging will remain banned during the period," the press release said.

Attending the meeting, Fisheries and Livestock SM Rezaul Karim said none would be allowed to catch hilsa fish in the country's maritime boundary during the period of ban. Mother hilsa cannot be caught in any way during the period.

The minister said no boat would be allowed to catch hilsa fish in any river where mother hilsa may exist. during the breeding period.

Data from the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute says about 12% of the country's total fish production is made up of hilsa.

The ban on catching hilsha during their mating season increases the production significantly, according to experts.

According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, hilsa production jumped from 3,00,000 metric tons in 2008-09 to 5,00,000 metric tons in 2017-18.

In the last financial year, 5,50,000 metric tons of hilsa were caught in the country, 66% of which came from the districts under Barisal division, which was about 3,50,000 metric tons.


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