'We banned fishing in the area, but a limited fishing is allowed with Forest Department's permission'
Forest Department has banned fishing in canals of west Sundarban area for two months.
According to the Forest Department, July-August is the breeding season for more than 291 species of fish in 450 canals and 13 rivers of the Sundarbans. 210 species of whitefish, 24 species of shrimps, 14 species of crabs and 43 species of lobster can be found on these waterbodies.
Sundarban Forest Department (west) Forest Officer Bashirul Al Mamun said: "We banned fishing in the area, but a limited fishing is allowed with Forest Department's permission. We are patrolling the area to prohibit illegal fishing."
Fishermen from Mothurapur of Munsiganj union, Rabindra, Amol and Ayub said: "The ban is necessary for our own benefit. We will fish in rivers instead of the canals for next two months."