The government is going to impose a 22-day ban on hilsa fishing from October 7.
Hilsa catching, selling and transportation will remain prohibited during the period to ensure the safe spawning of the popular fish during its peak breeding period.
Fisheries and Live-stock Minister SM Rezaul Karim announced the decission at a press briefing on Thursday at the Secretariat.
The objective of the restriction on fishing is to save the mother hilsa which lays eggs during the period.
According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, hilsa production jumped from 3 lakh mts in 2008-09 to 5 lakh mts in 2017-18 and its production touched 5.33 lakh mts in 2019 thanks to the government for its various steps taken to give a boost to its output.
Bangladesh’s over 12.0 per cent fish production comes from hilsa, posting the highest contribution to the country’s fish output as a single fish species.
Hilsa, the national fish of Bangladesh, is recognized as a certified patented product of Bangladesh.
Chandpur is considered one of the largest trading hubs of hilsa in Bangladesh as the fish from the Padma River is much more popular than the ones that come from other rivers because of its extremely pleasing taste.