Dhaka, Bangladesh
22-day ban on Hilsa catching begins

22-day ban on Hilsa catching begins

The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, transporting, hoarding and marketing Hilsa fish which is being effective from Wednesday in a bid to protect mother Hilsa for ensuring safe breeding. "To increase the production of Hilsa, a notification has been issued prohibiting the collection, transporting, marketing, purchase and storage of the fish in the main breeding season till October 30 in the country along with the 7,000-km areas of its breeding centers under the 'Hilsa Conserving Drive-2019'," a government release said on Wednesday, reports BSS. About 80 percent of the total Hilsa produced in the world is being derived from the rivers, estuaries and seas of Bangladesh and in the last 10 years, the average production of Hilsa has increased by about 5.26 percent, the release added. "Under the government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in fiscal 2008-2009, Hilsa production was 2.98 tonnes while it stood to 5.17 tonnes increasing by 73 percent during the fiscal year 2018-19 because of the prohibition in catching mother Hilsa in breeding seasons", it said. This year, a total of 4,14,784 fishermen families of coastal fishery areas were provided with 35,948 tonnes of food assistance during the 65 days of fishing ban.

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