Staff Correspondent: The government is set to impose a 22-day ban on catching, selling, storing and transporting Hilsa from October 9 to 30, to ensure safe spawning of the national fish during its peak breeding period.
State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru came up with the information while talking to reporters after a meeting at the Secretariat yesterday.
The state minister said that this year, the period (October 9-30) is known as the peak breeding season of Hilsa. During the period, catching, selling, transportation, storage and also exchange will remain banned.
The Hilsa fishes move from coastal areas to the Padma and Meghna rivers to lay eggs during the month of October. Around 60 percent of Hilsa lay eggs in this period. For their safety breeding, the government imposes ban in this period every year, he said.
He said that additional 47 officers have been assigned in the upazilas to assist in the field-level operation. In addition, a National Monitoring Team has been set up making the Additional Secretary of the Ministry convener for the smooth implementation of the campaign.
The State Minister said that leaves of all the officials and employees of the concerned area have been canceled for proper operation during the breeding of Hilsha. A massive combined operation will be conducted at all the fisheries ghats, warehouses, and bazaars across the country.
The fisheries department, navy, air force, coast guard, police, river police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), district and upazila administrations, including the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, will enforce the ban.
Fishermen in 147 upazilas of 35 districts have been compensated with 20 kg of rice each by the relief and disaster management ministry.
Those who will violate the ban will be sentenced to one to two years’ imprisonment or fined Tk 5,000 or both, he added.