Hathazari upazila administration today seized around 10,000 metres of illegal fishing net laid in the Halda river by poachers to net brood fish ahead of spawning.
Ruhul Amin, upazila nirbahi officer of Hathazari upazila administration, seized the net along a five-kilometre stretch of the river from Sattarghat to Nazirhat.
Ruhul Amin told The Daily Star that April and May are the months when brood fish frequent the waterbody to lay eggs. During this time, poachers take the chance to catch brood fish by laying nets in the river.
"We seized 10,000 metres of fishing net from various spots of the river and destroyed it," he added.