65-day ban on fishing starts midnight

65-day ban on fishing starts midnight

Staff Correspondentdaily-bangladesh.com

Published: 21:32 19 May 2022   Updated: 21:33 19 May 2022

Hundreds of fishing boats anchored on both banks of Andhar Manik river at Kalapara in Patuakhali- Daily Bangladesh

Hundreds of fishing boats anchored on both banks of Andhar Manik river at Kalapara in Patuakhali- Daily Bangladesh

In order to protect the country's fisheries resources and fish breeding, ban on netting, selling and transportation of hilsa -- for 65 days -- will start from midnight and will remain in force till July 23.

It is learned that fishermen have to observe a total of 147-day ban, 22-day ban on catching mother hilsa, an eight-month ban on catching jatka from November 1 to June 30, and a two-month ban on sanctuaries in March-April and a 65-day ban on the sea. Necessary food aid was provided by the government during the embargo.

According to the Marine Fisheries Ordinance, fishing in the Bay of Bengal has been banned for 65 days every year since 2015. Initially, only industrial trawlers were banned, but in 2019, all types of vessels were brought under the ban.

Fishermen have anchored fishing boats on the river bank in Barguna- Daily Bangladesh

According to the Department of Fisheries, the government provided food aid to fishermen during the ban. Last year, 16,721 metric tonnes of VGF rice was allocated for fishermen. Under this, 2 lakh 98 thousand 595 fisher families in 66 upazilas of 14 districts of the coast have received 56 kg of rice each.

Golam Mostafa Chowdhury, president of Barguna's Patharghata Fishermen's Trawler Owners' Association, said: "We have been abiding by the ban from the beginning. Most fishermen and trawler owners refrain from going to sea in compliance with the ban.

Ansar Uddin Mollah, president of the Kuakata-Alipur Fisheries Owners' Association, said the administration was demanding increased surveillance in the deep sea during the ban. At this time the fishermen of the neighboring countries enter the waters of our country and fish.

Kalapara Upazila Senior Fisheries Officer Apu Saha said, "We will play an active role in taking action against those who violate the ban." Besides, 18,300 registered fishermen of the upazila will be given 86 kg of rice in two steps.