The Financial Express

63.8m meters nets seized during ban period

| Updated: October 27, 2021 16:28:06

File photo used for representation purpose (Collected) File photo used for representation purpose (Collected)

Members of Bangladesh Coast Guard seized around 63.80 million meters of illegal nets, 9,832 kgs of Hilsa and 115 boats from the coastal areas and different rivers during the 22-day ban on Hilsa netting that ended Monday midnight. 

The ban was imposed from October 4 to October 25 at midnight as part of 'Mother Hilsa Conservation Campaign-2021' to ensure the safe spawning of the popular fish during its peak breeding period.

 Lt. Khandaker Munif Taki, media officer at the Bangladesh Coast Guard headquarters, has said a total of 3,049 drives were conducted during the period and 256 fishermen were detained for catching Hilsa illegally.

He said on Tuesday that the seized nets were burnt in the presence of local administration, members of law enforcement agencies, and fisheries officials, and the seized Hilsa were distributed among local orphanages and the poor.

Besides, the detained fishermen were sentenced to different jail terms and fined through mobile courts.

Hilsa has the highest contribution to the country's fish production, which contributes to more than 12.09 per cent of the country's fish production.

The production of the fish has gone up by 159.76 per cent in the last 15 years.

The government also imposes a ban on catching hilsa during March-April to help the Hilsa fry grow and return to the sea.

Hilisa production jumped from 300,000 tons in 2008-09 to 500,000 tons in 2017-18. In the last financial year, 550,000 tons of Hilsa were caught in the country, according to the Fisheries and Livestock Ministry. 

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