Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has decided not to include hilsa in her menu for celebrating Pahela Baishakh this time, aiming to save the national fish during its breeding season.
According to a press release signed by PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, the Prime Minister’s Pahela Baishakh menu has Khichuri, bringle fry and chicken curry.
Currently, a ban on catching hilsa is in place due to its breeding season.
To ensure safe spawning of fish and increase fish resources, a two-month official ban on fishing took effect in five major rivers of six districts in the country’s southern region from March 1.
The ban covers around 340-kilometre areas in Ilisha, Meghna, Tentulia, Bishkhali and Padma rivers at Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Munshiganj, Chandpur and Laxmipur districts.
The government declared the areas as fish sanctuaries in 2006.