Large amount of hilsa captured after 22-day ban
Fishermen in Barishal and Noakhali districts have started reaping the benefits of a 22-day fishing ban which was lifted at midnight on Friday.
More than a million fishermen in the Hatia upazila and Barishal of Noakhali sailed the sea and brought a huge amount of hilsa to market, encouraging trawler owners, traders and fishermen.
The fishermen are happy because their fish is sold at a good price and hope to catch a lot of hilsa this season.
Men who left with their nets and trawlers in the morning were seen returning to shore after making a good catch. They also catch other varieties of saltwater fish.
The 22-day ban began at midnight on October 6 in line with the government’s announcement to support the hilsa mother conservation campaign during the breeding season.
Md Asharul Islam, Marine Fisheries Officer of Hatia upazila, said: “Fishermen have gone out to sea from different points on trawlers. They are getting good quantities of fish and are happy with the catch.”
Belal, a fisherman from Barishal, said: “We started catching fish after Friday midnight and we are happy with the catch.”
Around 300 maund hilsa fish have arrived at the Port Road fish market in Barishal. Each hilsa fish sold for between 1,000 and 1,250 Tk depending on its size, said Tara Mia, a wholesale buyer at the market.
Hatia fisherman Nittya Haran Das said: “We, 17 fishermen, sailed out to sea at midnight and came back with more than three maund of hilsa fish before dawn. Most of the fish weigh between 800 and 900 grams. Each maund of fish was sold at Tk 8,000 to 10,000 in the wholesale market,”
Wholesale buyer from Noakhali’s Banglabazar Ghat, Md Shahjahan said, “More than 50 trawlers loaded with hilsa fish came ashore in the morning. Each trawler catches more than five maund fish.
During the blackout period, government assistance was provided to approximately 11,100 cardholders out of the more than one million fishermen who live on the island. Local fishermen benefit from observing government restrictions during the breeding season.