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Govt imposes 60-day fishing ban in Chandpur, Bhola

  • Published at 02:34 pm March 1st, 2019
File photo: Fishermen at a river in Bangladesh Dhaka Tribune

The ban is effective from March 1 to April 30

The government has imposed a 60-day ban on netting of all sorts of fish in Padma, Meghna and their tributary rivers adjacent to different areas of Chandpur, Bhola and Lakshmipur.

The ban is effective from March 1 to April 30.

The Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock imposed the ban in a bid to protect ilish fry- also known as jatka.

Different sections of Padma, Meghna and Tetulia rivers adjacent to Chandpur, Bhola and other districts are included under the fishing ban.

The ban is effective on a 100km ilish sanctuary in Meghna River stretching from Shatnol of Chandpur to Char Alexander of Lakshmipur.

According to Chandpur district administration sources, various initiatives have been taken by the district and police administrations to prevent the netting of ilish fry just like every other year. 

Combined teams of police, river police, coast guard and local representatives led by the Chandpur deputy commissioner (DC) will conduct drives in river to enforce the ban properly.    

Chandpur District Fisheries Officer Md Asadul Baki said: “As part of jatka protection program, we have already launched various campaigns. Several meetings have been held with local fishermen, fish traders, leaders, and local representatives on this regard.”

“All preparations have been taken to prevent anglers from fishing during this two-month ban. We will set up makeshift sentinel camps in 15 different places in Meghna River to take quick legal action against anyone who defy the ban,” he said.

The fisheries officer also said a total of 51,190 fishermen earn their livelihood by fishing in the river. Like previous years, the government will assist them with 40kg rice, free of cost, within a period of four months.   

Moreover, the ban is also effective on a 190km sanctuary of ilish stretching from Meghna to its tributary Tetulia rivers adjacent to Bhola district. 

Bhola District Fisheries Officer SM Azharul Islam said: “All preparations to enforce the ban have been completed. Police teams, along with coast guard and magistrate, will patrol the river for 24 hours.”

The distribution of rice among fishermen under the Vulnerable Group Feeding (VGF) project has also begun. However not all fishermen will be able to get the allocated rice, he said. 

“There are 132,000 registered fishermen in Bhola district but only 52,000 of them will get the VGF rice,” he added.