Normalcy returned to the wholesale fish markets as fishermen resumed fishing in the coastal belts and other rivers and estuaries across the country after a 22-day ban.
The 22-day fishing ban aimed at ensuring safe spawning of the national fish hilsa during its peak breeding period has ended on Monday midnight.
The fishermen are frequently arriving at the ghats from rivers and sea with hilsa-loaded trawlers.
Jashim Uddin Rari, a fisherman from Palerchar of Zajira upazila in Shariatpur, told Daily Sun that though fishing resumed after the end of the fishing ban, hilsa output was yet to reach the expected level.
“We are hoping to catch big pangas and other fish verities as hisla output has not reached the expected level,” he said.
On September 22, the government imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, storing and transporting hilsa from October 4 to 25 to ensure safe spawning of the national fish during its peak breeding period.
The objective of the restriction is to save mother hilsa which lays eggs during the period.
During the fishing ban, each fisherman’s family received rice from the government, under its vulnerable group feeding (VGF) program.