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22-day ban on Hilsa netting from Oct 4

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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The government has decided to impose a 22-day ban on catching, selling, storing and transporting Hilsa to ensure safe spawning of the national fish during its peak breeding period in the country.

The ban will come into force from October 4 and remain effective till October 25.

The decision was made at a meeting of the National Taskforce formed to implement the “Mother Hilsa Protection Campaign” held on Wednesday with Fisheries and Livestock Minister S M Rezaul Karim in the chair, said public relation officer of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.

During the breeding period of the fish, a massive combined operation will be conducted at all the fisheries ghats, warehouses, and bazaars across the country.

During the time, all the fishermen will receive rice from the government under its vulnerable group feeding (VGF) program. The government has been doing the practice of imposing ban since 2003 to ensure safe breeding of the fish during the Bangla months of Ashwin and Kartik.

The ban is imposed under the Protection and Conservation of Fish Act 1950.

Any breach of the ban will result in one to two years of imprisonment and a maximum fine of Tk5,000.

The fisheries department, navy, air force, coast guard, police, river police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), district and upazila administrations, including the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry, will enforce the ban.