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22-day ban on hilsa fishing begins Thursday

UNB . Dhaka
11 Oct 2023 14:37:21 | Update: 11 Oct 2023 18:58:41
22-day ban on hilsa fishing begins Thursday
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The government is going to impose a 22-day ban on hilsa fishing from Thursday.

Hilsa catching, selling and transportation will remain prohibited during the period to ensure the safe spawning of the national fish of Bangladesh during its peak breeding period.

The ban will remain in place till November 2.

On September 20, Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim announced the 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting hilsa at a meeting of the National Task Force Committee on Hilsa Resource Development at the conference room of the Fisheries Department at Matsya Bhaban in Dhaka.

The objective of the restrictions on fishing is to protect the mother hilsa which lay eggs during the period, he said.

Hilsa makes the highest contribution to the country’s fish output as a single fish species.

Recognised as a certified patented product of Bangladesh, the fish swim to rivers to lay eggs. Hilsa is very popular both in Bangladesh and West Bengal in India. About 75 per cent of the world's hilsa is netted in Bangladesh.

Chandpur is considered one of the largest trading hubs of hilsa in Bangladesh as the fish from the Padma River is more popular than the ones that come from other rivers because of its distinct taste.