Fishermen delighted with bumper hilsa catch after 65-day ban
Fishermen in Barguna are delighted after harvesting an impressive harvest of hilsa following a 65-day government-imposed ban that ended on Saturday.
Hilsa caught in the Bay of Bengal and different rivers have already flooded the district wholesale fish market.
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On the first day after the ban was lifted, fishermen from the Patharghata coast sailed to the rivers and the sea to catch hilsa and brought a huge cargo of fish to the market, sowing joy among trawler owners, traders and fishermen.
During a visit, the UNB correspondent found around 20-25 fishing trawlers anchored at the Patharghata landing center as workers unloaded fish from the trawlers.
Golam Mostafa Chowdhury, chairman of the District Fishing Trawler Owners Association, said at least 25 fishing trawlers returned to the ghat on the first day and the fishermen are getting good prices for their hilsa catches.
Biplab Kumar Sarkar, marketing officer of Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation (BFDC), said that a total of 11,869 kg of fish including 7,780 kg of hilsa were sold at Tk 67.56 lakh at the fish market from BFDC on the first day. From this, the government received an income of 84,460 Tk.