Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has decided not to have any hilsha dish on the menu during this year’s celebration of Pahela Baishakh, the first day of Bangla calendar, to save the national fish during its breeding season.
The PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim said this in a statement.
The nation is set to celebrate the day on Thursday while a tradition has been among the Bengalis to have pantha-hilsha on the day.
But a two-month official ban on catching hilsha has been in effect from March 1 in five major rivers of six districts in the country’s southern region to ensure safe spawning of fish and increase fish resources.
The ban covers around 340-kilometre area in Ilisha, Meghna, Tentulia, Bishkhali and Padma rivers in Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Munshiganj, Chandpur and Laxmipur districts.
The government declared the areas as fish sanctuaries in 2006.
The premier treats the invited guests at Ganabhaban on the first day of Bangla calendar.
The statement said the Prime Minister’s Pahela Boishakh menu would have fried aubergine, egg and chicken curry.