The government will soon start drives against manufacturing and marketing of gillnets in the country, said Director General of the Department of Fisheries (DoF) Syad Arif Azad yesterday.
He disclosed it at a meeting on a project titled "Economic Incentive to Conserve Hilsa Fish in Bangladesh", organised by the DoF, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK and Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) at Matsya Bhaban in the capital.
Experts at the meeting urged the government to provide adequate compensation to fishermen during the ban on hilsa catching to conserve the national fish.
A big portion of the money allocated as compensation for the fishermen during the ban are misused due to involvement of many government bodies and public representatives, they observed.
Dr Md Monirul Islam, a teacher of Dhaka University's fisheries department, said the ban on hilsa sanctuaries is not properly imposed.
Dr Essam Yassin Mohammed, team leader of Darwin-Hilsa Project of IIED, Dr Mihir Kanti Majumdar, former secretary and principal expert of the project, Prof Dr MA Wahab of BAU, and Liaquat Ali of BCAS also spoke at the meeting.