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Rights groups: Exclude poor fishermen from fishing ban

  • Published at 12:14 am May 31st, 2019
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File photo: Fishermen at a river in Bangladesh Dhaka Tribune

The 40kg rice incentive to fishermen during the fishing ban is a farce, said one speaker

Human rights groups have urged the government to keep small-scale poor fishermen out of the 65-day fishing ban in the Bay of Bengal.

They asked the authorities concerned to bring identified polluters under accountability to protect the fish reserve and natural ecosystem at a human chain in front of National Press Club on Thursday. 

It was jointly organized by COAST Trust and Bangladesh Fish Workers' Alliance (BFWA), reports UNB.

Mustafa Kamal Akanda of COAST Trust moderated the session.

BFWA General Secretary Mujibul Huq Munir presented the keynote paper while Barkat Ullah Maruf of COAST Trust, BadrulAlam and Rehana Akter of Bangladesh Krishok Federation also spoke at the program.

Munir in his keynote paper presentation said, small-scale fishermen do not harm the fish reserve or ecosystem of the Bay.

"They should be left out of the 65-day fishing ban," he added.

Demanding Tk8,000 for every fishing family, Mustafa Kamal Akanda said 40kg rice during the fishing ban as compensation is a farce.

He said that fishermen of India's Odisha and Tamil Nadu get 5,000 Rupees per month during the fishing ban.

Rehana Akter, vice-president of Bangladesh Krishok Federation, said: “All fishermen, including the poor fishing labourers, should be officially enlisted to get compensation without corruption or any duplication.”

She said that risk incentives and insurance for the seafaring fishermen should be introduced.