22-day ban on catching hilsa ends
The government's 22-day ban on catching hilsa to ensure its safe spawning during the peak breeding period ended at midnight yesterday.
A total of 44,035 fishermen in Chandpur were taking preparations to resume catching the national fish in the Padma and Meghna rivers.
The ban had started on October 4.
According to sources of Chandpur district administration and fisheries department, a committee formed by the local administration task force conducted raids during the ban in the 70-kilometre area along the Padma and Meghna to protect brood hilsa.
Along with authorities of fisheries department, district and upazila administrations, coastguards and river police have jointly and separately conducted 285 raids and 97 mobile courts.
During these operations, 109 crore metres of fishing net was seized. Mobile courts have sent 218 fishermen to jail, sources in the district fisheries department said. The total amount collected from fines and auctions of seized material is TK 19 lakh, they added.
A total of 1,144 kg brood hilsa was also seized during the drives. The district fisheries department has so far filed 108 cases.
"All types of fishing, including catching hilsa, were prohibited in the Padma-Meghna for safe breeding of hilsa during the ban. Procurement, sale, storage and transportation of hilsa were also prohibited during this time," District Fisheries Officer Golam Mehedi said.
During the ban, 44,035 fishermen of Chandpur were given vulnerable group feeding (VGF) rice under the government's food aid programme, he added.