MANIKGANJ: The Fishe-ries Department has seized around 12.4 lakh meter current nets and 1.1 8 tonnes of hilsa in the past 21 days as a nationwide annual 22-day moratorium on hilsa capture is underway.
Fisheries officials said the current net was seized as its use is permanently banned while the hilsas were confiscated since its capture is banned to protect mother hilsa during the annual breeding season from October 4.
District Fisheries Officer Sayfur Rahman said a total of 233 special drives and 53 mobile courts were conducted in different points of the Padma and the Jamuna rivers from the beginning of the ban on catching hilsa fish.
The seized nets were destroyed during the drives and the seized hilsa were distributed among the orphans and madrasas, the sources said.
The mobile courts also fined Taka 3.82 lakh and jailed 55 fishermen for fishing mother hilsa during the ban time.