A 22-day ban on catching, selling, storing and transporting Hilsa has begun from Sunday to ensure safe spawning of the national fish during its peak breeding period.
The ban will remain in effect from October 4 to October 25, according to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock.
During the ban, a massive combined operation will be conducted in all the fisheries ghats, warehouses, and hat-bazaars across the country to ensure that the restriction is properly being observed.
During this time, the fishermen will receive rice from the government, under its vulnerable group feeding (VGF) program.
In order to ensure the safe reproduction of Hilsa, the fisheries department has been imposing bans,
since 2003, on catching Hilsa during the Bangla month of Ashwin to Kartik. The ban is imposed under the Protection and Conservation of Fish Act 1950.
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.