The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling and transporting hilsa in a 7,000-km breeding ground to ensure the safe spawning of this popular fish during its peak breeding period.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Taskforce formed to implement the ‘Mother hilsa protection campaign 2018’ held on Sunday with fisheries and livestock minister Narayon Chandra Chanda in the chair, said PID handout.
The objective of the restriction from 7 October to 28 October is to save mother hilsa which lays eggs during the period.
There will be a ban on catching of all kinds of fish in the rivers of 37 districts during the period, the handout said.
At the meeting, the minister urged all, including fishermen and fishermen’s associations, to help make the countrywide programme a success.