The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, storing and transporting ilish to ensure safe spawning of the fish
At least 43 fishermen have been jailed and five others fined in Rajbari, Shariatpur and Chandpur districts for netting mother ilish, defying a government ban.
In Rajbari, the local administration seized 100,000 metres of current net and 200kg ilish from 11 fishermen of the Goalanda upazila, reports UNB.
A mobile court sentenced them to 14 days in jail in the early hours of Friday.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rubayet Hayad Shiplu said they conducted a drive in the Padma River at Daulatdia, Debagram, and Ujanchar unions between Thursday noon and early Friday.
"The fishermen were punished for illegally catching ilish," he said.
In Shariatpur, police detained 16 fishermen at Sadar upazila.
UNO Md Mahabubur Rahman Sheikh said 14 fishermen were sentenced to jail and two others were fined for defying the ban.
Ten maunds (roughly 373kgs) of mother ilish were recovered from their possession, he added.
In Chandpur, a mobile court sentenced 18 fishermen to one year in jail and fined three others Tk5,000 each for defying the ban at Sadar and Haimchar upazilas.
According to district fisheries office, members of river police and Coast Guard conducted drives in the Meghna River from dawn to dusk on Friday and detained the fishermen.
They were later jailed and fined by an executive magistrate.
Meanwhile, a temporary police outpost was set at Rajrajeshwar of Sadar upazila to prevent mother ilish netting.
The government has imposed a 22-day ban starting from October 9 on catching, selling, storing and transporting ilish in a 7,000km breeding ground, to ensure safe spawning of the fish, during its peak breeding period.