Around 10,000 maunds of ilish have reached the fish markets around the district and most of them were mother ilish bearing eggs
Local fish markets in Barisal are now seeing an abundance of mother ilish after the 22-day fishing ban on netting mother ilish came to an end on October 30.
“Around 10,000 maunds of ilish have reached the fish markets around the district and most of them were mother ilish bearing eggs,” said District Fisheries Officer Dr Bimal Chandra Das, after visiting the local wholesale fish markets.
September-October (Ashwin-Kartik) is their peak breeding season, he added.
“Ilish follows the lunar cycles of seasons for breeding. This year’s ilish ban started four days before the first full moon and ended seven days after the new moon of Ashwin-Kartik. This means their conception period started just few days before ban ended”, said another District Fisheries Officer Abu Sayed.
According local fishermen, ilish breeding season started after the end of imposed restriction period due to the delayed start to the rainy season.
Ajit Kumar Das, a leader of the Barisal Fish Traders Association, said the huge quantity of egg bearing ilish may indicate the change of breeding season of ilish.