Catching mother Hilsa banned for 30 days in breeding season

823

Dhaka, March 13: Ban on catching mother Hilsa has been extended by eight days in Jatka production districts across the country during the breeding season to increase the production of the fish.

Earlier, the time-limit of the ban were 22 days–from October 12 to November 2. The period is known as the breeding season of Hilsa. Now, the ban has been extended by eight days more till November 10.

The Hilsa fish move from coastal areas to the Padma and Meghna rivers to lay eggs around during the month of October and bans imposed during the last few years were successful in sustaining their population.

Catching, selling, transportation, storage and also exchange of the most-sought food fish species are banned across the country and particularly across the 7,000sq kms designated area of Hilsa breeding zones.

Fishermen on the Padma and Meghna rivers in Munshiganj, Chandpur, Laxmipur and Barisal were forbidden from using their fishing nets to catch hilsa.

“The government earlier had imposed a ban on catching mother hilsha for 22 days during the breeding season. Now it has been increased to 30 days,” said an official release quoting Fisheries and Livestock Minister Mohammad Sayedul Huque.

Sayeedul made the announcement while addressing a seminar titled ‘Preserving jatkas and establishing sanctuary to increase Hilsa production: Research-progress’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Agricultural Development Corporation (BADC) in the city.

Over the few years, on an average the production of Hilsa increased to 10,000-12,000 tonnes for taking various measures against the catching of Jatka and mother fishes, said the release, adding that the production of hilsa in 2015-16 fiscal year had increased to nearly 4 lakh tonnes.

The production of Hilsa would increase significantly in the current 2016-17 fiscal year, said the minister.

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) arranged the seminar with its Director General Dr Yahia Mahmud in the chair.

Fisheries and Livestock Secretary Maksudul Hasan Khan and Director General of the Department of Fisheries (DoF) Syed Arif Azad spoke on the occasion.