Ready fishermen, start catching hilsa from midnight

 Ctg Desk |  Monday, October 25th, 2021 |  10:47 am
Ready fishermen, start catching hilsa from midnight

The ban on catching hilsa is coming to an end on Monday (October 25) at midnight. To protect the main breeding season of hilsa, the government has banned the catching of hilsa for a total of 22 days from October 4 to October 25.

Hilsa hunting is starting again from 12 midnight on Monday. Fishermen have already made preparations to enter the river. The fishing villages have become noisy. It has been reported that the search was carried out in the districts inhabited by hilsa.

According to sources, the government has decided to stop catching hilsa across the country for a total of 22 days from October 4 to October 25 to keep the breeding of mother hilsa safe during the main breeding season. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Task Force Committee on Hilsha Resource Development.

According to the decision of the meeting, procurement, marketing, buying and selling, transportation, storage and exchange of hilsa was banned in these 22 days. In the case of breeding of hilsa, catching all kinds of fish was also prohibited at that time. In the interest of safe breeding of hilsa, mother hilsa conservation activities were implemented at this time.

Hilsa researchers say that hilsa basically lays eggs throughout the year. However, in September and October, the four new moons and full moons of these two months lay more eggs. In particular, October means Ashwin’s two new moons-full moons are banned for 22 days every year. The main purpose of refraining from catching hilsa at this time is to protect mother hilsa so that they can safely come to the river and lay eggs. If you can protect this egg, Jatkar will be born from it. If that jatka is protected, the production of large size hilsa will increase in the country. After the end of the 22-day ban, there will be a ban on catching jatka again. Due to this two-step ban, the production of hilsa has increased in the country and the weight and size of hilsa has also increased.

According to the Fisheries Department, 1,892 mobile courts and 15,036 campaigns have been conducted this year from October 4 to October 23 as part of the Mother Hilsa Conservation Campaign. And 74 lakh meters of illegal nets were seized. Jatka protection program was started in Bangladesh from 2003-04. Since then, the production of hilsa has been gradually increasing. According to the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, about 12 percent of the country’s total fish production comes from hilsa.

According to the Department of Fisheries, the production of hilsa in Bangladesh has almost tripled in the last one decade. Chief Scientific Officer of the Fisheries Research Institute and Hilsa researcher. Anisur Rahman told the media that if the steps taken for the conservation of Hilsa in the last few years are implemented effectively in the future, the production of Hilsa will continue to increase and the price will remain low.

According to the World Fisheries Organization, 8 percent of the world’s hilsa is now being harvested in Bangladesh. India is the second largest producer of hilsa after Bangladesh. Five years ago, the country produced about 25 percent of the world’s hilsa.

The Fisheries and Livestock Minister said that the fisheries sector will not be allowed to be destroyed in any way. Protecting fisheries is meeting the demand for food, eliminating unemployment, creating entrepreneurs, reviving the rural economy and increasing the country’s export earnings. The government is implementing various activities for the conservation of hilsa fish, increase in production, safe shelter and safe breeding. We are working in various ways including protection of mother hilsa, creation of hilsa sanctuary, hilsa research, jatka conservation. There is all sorts of interest from the state to increase the range of Hilsa, there are plans.