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Illegal ilish catching yet to cease in Munshiganj

Fisheries Office and district administration conducting drives to stop ilish catching since October 7

Update : 21 Oct 2018, 12:55 PM

Despite the ban imposed by the government during October 7-28, fishermen have yet to stop catching ilish fish from the Padma and Meghna rivers in Munshiganj.

Since October 7, the Munshiganj Fisheries Office and district administration have been conducting drives to prevent fishermen from catching ilish illegally.

Sources from the Fisheries Office said mobile courts conducted 223 drives in 12 days until October 18, with the help of the Rapid Action Battalion, Bangladesh River Police and Coast Guard.

A total of 54 mobile courts sentenced some 124 fishermen to different terms of imprisonment, from a minimum of 10 days to a maximum of two months, and filed 190 cases against them. 

The fishermen were also fined around Tk4.71 lakh in the drives.

Members of law enforcement agencies also seized 6,128kg of ilish, worth Tk1.83 crore, and 4,007,200 metres of fishing net. 

District Fisheries Officer Nripendra Nath Biswas told the Dhaka Tribune: "The seized fishing net has been destroyed, while the ilish has been distributed to local madrasas and orphanages."

He said: “This is breeding time for ilish, and their number has also increased in the rivers. We are failing to stop the fishermen from catching ilish.

“Even we have limitations. The money allotted to us for drives is not sufficient. We can somehow conduct drives in the daytime but it becomes very difficult for us to conduct drives at night.”

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