Alexa Hilsa abound in sea, very few in rivers

Hilsa abound in sea, very few in rivers

Shamim Ahmed,

Published: 21:06 25 August 2019  

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One and only wholesale market of Barishal port road is now pomped with sea hilsa. Although there was not much import at the beginning of the season, in the middle it became huge. It made the wholesalers happy.

But the different scenario has seen in the river area. Fishermen are not getting expected fish caught in their net. So, revering fishermen are found disappointed.

The District Fisheries Department expects the hilsa production to be higher than last year. However, the fishermen cannot trust on this.

Many are moving away from this profession and looking for alternatives. However, those who are still in the profession are being dependent on loan. Looking forward to the golden time of silver hilsa.

It is learned that 101 families of Adarsha village in Chandramahan UP, Barishal Shadar totally live on fishing. 20 more fishermen communities in different Upazilas of the district are living such life.

Meanwhile, it has become impossible to taste the hilsa for low-income people as they are not being caught in the river. On the other hand, there are plenty of hilsas in the sea. And maximum of these spreading in the whole country including the capital. Although some hilsas are sold in the market, which is out of reach to many because of high price.

In the fish landing center of Barishal Port Road per mound, hilsa fishes are sold at different prices according to size variation. One kg size fishes are sold for Tk 44,000, LC Size (600-900 gram) for Tk 32-34,000, Velka (400-600 gram) for Tk 20,000-22,000 and Gotla (below 400 gram) in Tk 14,000. So consuming hilsa has become almost impossible for the people of Barishal, land of hilsa.

District Fisheries Officer Bimal Chandra Das said, that we have to wait for more to get hilsa in rivers. Due to the harsh weather, hilsa is not available in rivers. But the official is hopeful that at the end of the season plenty of hilsa will be possible to catch.

Israel Pandit, the President of the Bangladesh Small Fisheries Fisheries Association, said the catching hilsa in the sea has increased. But, in the case, the river is not like that. The estuaries of the river connected with the sea are not remained like before. In most places, the route for coming hilsa to river from the sea has been obstructed by drowning. As a result, hilsas are not been seen in the rivers.