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Dhaka Tribune

65-day fishing ban in Bay of Bengal begins

  • Each fisherman’s family to get 86kg of rice
  • Concern raised as Indian, Myanmar fishermen often fish in Bangladesh’s waters 
Update : 20 May 2024, 12:13 PM

The 65-day ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal began on Monday, to ensure smooth breeding of fish.

The government of Bangladesh has been imposing this ban on fishing in the sea for 65 days since 2019 to increase the fishery resources in the marine boundary of the country.

Barguna District Fisheries Officer Muhammad Muhsin said that during the ban period, all types of fish collection, transportation and storage were prohibited in the country’s marine waters.

Nripendranath Baroi, Barisal divisional fisheries officer said, more than 300,000 fishermen and their families from 14 coastal districts have been listed for government support this year.

One family will get a total of 86kg of rice during the ban period, he said.

Local fisheries officials reported that about 49,000 families have registered in the Patuakhali district, 27,277 in Barguna, and approximately 200,000 in the coastal Bhola district for government support.

Golam Mostafa Chowdhury, president of the Fishermen’s Trawler Owners’ Association, said that about 150,000 people along the Barguna coast are engaged in the fishing profession, but the list made by the government includes only some 37,000.

The fishermen expressed concerns that the ban would further strain their finances and allow Indian and Myanmar fishermen to infiltrate Bangladesh's marine boundaries and exploit resources.

They demanded measures to prevent these infiltrations and sufficient aid for affected fishermen.

Apu Saha, senior upazila fisheries officer of Kalapara upazila in Patuakhali, stated that they would inform the community's demands to higher authorities.

Rahman Majhi, a fisherman at Alipur fishing port in Kalapara upazila, said Indian and Myanmar fishermen often fish in Bangladesh’s waters during this government-imposed ban.

The ban will remain in effect until July 23.

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