<i>Jatka seized from 7 more launches</i>
Coastguard members in fresh drive seized 80 more maunds of jatka (hilsa fry) from seven launches in Dhaleswari River in Sadar upazila early yesterday.
However, no one was arrested in this connection, said coastguard sources.
Coastguard CPO Safiul Islam said they raided MV Prince of Barisal, MV Farhan, MV Pubali, MV Panam, MV Dwipraj-4, MV Swadhin and MV Pinak and seized the illegal fries.
Later, the seized jatkas were sold at an auction in presence of upazila senior fishery officer MA Azad and the money was deposited to the government exchequer.
On Thursday, around 160 maunds of jatka were seized from four other launches, according to coastguard officials.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of coastguards intercepted the Dhaka-bound MV Panama, MV Zahid-3, MV Tipu-2 and MV Prince of Shohag and recovered the hilsa fries.
None was arrested in this connection.
The government banned catching of jatka from February 1 to May 31.
The coastguards in separate drives so far seized 290 maunds of jatka and recovered 1.17 lakh pieces of current net in the area from February 4 to Feb 11.