Bhola Correspondent: 71,000 fishermen of Bhola’s Manpura and Chandpur have started for fishing on Padma and Meghna rivers from Friday as the two months (March and April) ban on hilsa fishing is set to end on April 30 midnight.
Although preparations for hilsa fishing are going on in full swing, however, fishermen are worried about whether they can go down to the river due to coronavirus. At the same time, the storekeepers are also worried about Hilsa supply in different parts of the country including Dhaka.
There will be no barrier for fishing on Meghna from midnight on Thursday. Besides, transportation of Hilsa is also relaxed, said Manpura UNO Tariqul Islam.
The leaders of the fishermen’s association said that although there are 13,904 fishermen registered in the coast, the actual fishermen are more than 20,000.
The government imposed a ban on Hilsha fishing for March and April on the breeding ground from Bhola’s Ilisha to Char Pial of Padma as part of national campaign particularly to ensure safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period, according to the Fisheries Office.
Meanwhile, 51,000 fishermen of Chandpur are preparing for fishing on Padma and Meghna rivers with nets and boats at midnight. They are also worried about going down into the river and transporting hilsa due to coronavirus.
Chandpur District Fisheries Officer Asadul Baki said the government has taken all necessary steps to rehabilitate 51,000 registered jails. This time, hilsa production should not be disrupted.
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