Flouting hilsa ban: 133 fishermen held in 3 dists

Flouting hilsa ban: 133 fishermen held in 3 dists

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Bangladesh Coast Guard and Fisheries Department in separate drives arrested 133 fishermen in the Bay of Bengal and rivers in Barguna, Munshiganj and Bagerhat for catching hilsa defying October 13-23 ban.
In Barguna, a mobile court in an overnight drive on Tuesday arrested 52 fishermen onboard four trawlers for catching hilsa in Pakhidia area of the Bay of Bengal.The court later at noon next day fined the arrestees Tk4,000-5,000 in default to suffer 15-30 days’ imprisonment.Patharghata Upazila Nirbahi Officer Pranab Kumar Ghosh, also an executive magistrate, handed down the punishment.Lieutenant Shahid-al-Ahsan, contingent commander of Paharghata Coast Guard, said they conducted a drive in the area from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning and arrested 52 fishermen along with four trawlers. They also recovered 10 maunds of hilsa fish and two lakh metres of fishing net from their possession.The seized nets were later burnt, added the lieutenant.In Munshiganj, Coast Guard and Fisheries Department officials in a joint drive in the Meghna river seized two lakh metres of net on
Wednesday afternoon.They in separate drives arrested 45 people for catching hilsa from the river illegally in different times during the ban. District fisheries officer Aminul Islam said the arrestees caught hilsa using fine nets violating the government-imposed ban.The officials during the restriction period recovered a good quantity of mother hilsa.They destroyed nine lakh meters of seized fishing nets worth Tk3 crore.Of the total 45 arrestees, 14 were fined Tk72,000, added Aminul.In Bagerhat, Coast Guard members and Fisheries Department officials in a joint drive arrested 36 fishermen along with three trawlers from the Baleshwar river in Sharankhola upazila on Wednesday morning.Narayan Chandra Mandol, additional district fisheries officer, said the arrestees were catching fish in Supati area adjacent to Sundarbans ignoring the ban.Meanwhile, the officials also recovered 160 kg hilsa and 4,000 meters of net from their possession.Later the arrestees were released after realising fine from them.UNB, Dhaka

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