The government has banned netting of all kinds of fishes in five hilsa sanctuaries for two months from March 1 to April 30 to protect hilsa with eggs.
This ban will help save mother hilsa during their breeding period, said Iftekhar Hossain, Public Relations Officer of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.The sanctuaries are located in Chandpur, Barishal, Laxmipur, Potuakhali, Bhola and Shariatpur.
Catching all kinds of fish including hilsa in the sanctuaries of hilsa will be a criminal offence during the time, according to the Ministry.
Violators will be punished with a minimum of one year to a maximum of two years imprisonment or a fine of up to Tk 5,000 or both.
A total of 19,502 metric tonnes of VGF rice has already been allotted to 243,778 fishermen at the rate of 40 kg per month for two months to compensate for the fishing ban.
Different government initiatives helped increase hilsa production to a record 5.17 lakh tonnes in FY 2019-20.