The government has imposed a ban on hilsa fishing in the sanctuary for two months -- starting from midnight.
The ban will be enforced in 432 km area of six districts including three districts of Barishal division, Fisheries Officer Masud Ara Momi told The Daily Star.
The districts are: Barishal, Chandpur, Shariatpur, Lakshmipur, Bhola and Patuakhali.
During the ban, no one can catch any fish in the rivers of the districts. Besides catching, the ban will also be imposed on selling and transporting hilsa in the areas, he said.
Instructions have been given through the upazila nirbahi officers of the concerned areas to make this programme a success. Preparations have also been made to conduct operations against violators, our Barishal, Noakhali and Chandpur correspondents reported quoting the officials at Fisheries Department.
According to sources at Fisheries Department, 100 km area from Shatnal Point in Chandpur to Char Alexander in Lakshmipur, 90 km from Charilisha to Charpial in Bhola, 100 km from Charveduria in Bhola to Charrustam in Patuakhali, 82 km from Barishal Sadar to Mehendiganj upazila, 20 km from Naria to Bhederganj of Shariatpur, and 40 km area of Andharmanik river in Kalapara of Patuakhali will be under this ban.