Hilsa fishing resumes after end of 11-restriction

Hilsa fishing resumes after end of 11-restriction

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Hilsa netting resumes Thursday after an 11-day restriction imposed by the directorate of fisheries on catching Hilsa enforced from October 13 ended on October 23 to ensure safe spawning as well as proper breeding environment and shelter the mother fish from any disturbance.Dr. AKM Aminul Huq, divisional officer and deputy director fishery directorate, claimed the imposed ban against netting, marketing, and transportation of Hilsa across observed successfully across the division.During the restriction period, 737 anti-hilsa netting drives, 490 mobile courts operated, 367 cases lodged, 232 fishermen sentenced to jail,Tk.8,05,320 realized as fine, 34 lakh meter nets worth Tk.20 cores and 8,000 Kg. Hilsa seized in 6 districts of Barisal division.On other hand, Nurul Islam, Bakerganj police station in charge, said Ranjan Das, assistant sub inspector in charge of Sharshi police
investigation center under that police station, suspended on Wednesday for alleged negligence of duty in making the hilsa-netting ban successful. AKM Ehsan Ullah, Barisal district police superintendent, said the action was taken after Coast Guard authourity lodged an allegation against ASI Ranjan.
Ajit Das Monu, president of Barisal Hilsa Exporters Association and Barisal fish whole-salers association, said thousands of people,
engaged in hilsa trade, including fishermen, trawler owners, ice factories, capital investors, and carrying, processing and net lenders, usually affected by the imposed restrictions. Israil Pandit, president Bangladesh Khudra Matasyajibi Samity, said we are not protesting the government steps, but we urged the authorities instead of arrest, seizing boats, nets and fining the poor fishermen to give compensation and rehabilitation for the affected fishermen.
Fishermen sources said movement of mother Hilsa fish connected with‘Tithi’ (time circle of lunar calendar). At the peak of the breeding season, lakhs of hulas proceed from the sea to the coast, estuary and rivers to lay eggs between the five-day before and five-day after the full moon in the Bangla calendar-month of ‘Ashwin’.Lakhs of Hilsa could be produced from the eggs laid by each fish if the imposed only 11-day complete ban on Hilsa fishing and marketing successfully enforced, , the assistant director of fisheries directorate Barisal office Bankim Chandra said. Fishery researchers hoped at least 1.5 core mother-Hilsa would be saved from catching during this 11-day restriction giving chances to naturally lay 46,800 kilograms eggs. If 50 percent of the laid eggs able to be become embryo, then 29.93 cores Hilsa pollen (Renu) would be made and if 10 percent of that pollen would survive then 2.93 core fries (Jatka) could be produced, fishery officials hoped. Hilsa fries develop 2-2.5 centimeters in length per month and started move towards sea after reaching 15-17 centimeters in length and starts return journey from sea to sweet water rivers after becomes 25-28 centimeters in length with 300-450 grams weights for laying eggs again. There were year-round restrictions against netting ‘Jatka’ (Hilsa fry less than 9 inch or 23 centimeters in length) throughout the country.So if only 10-20 percent of Jatka could be saved from catching, then Hilsa resources around 2 lakh tons worth hundreds cores of taka could be increased every year, said district fishery officer Wahiduzzaman.   Barisal Correspondent

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