The 22-day ban on catching and selling hilsa is set to start from October 14 and will continue to November 4. The government imposed the ban in a bid to protect mother fish during peak breeding season.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim came up with the announcement at a press briefing on implementation of the “Mother Hilsa Protection Campaign 2020” held at the ministry today.
“This year hilsa production has broken all past records. The mother hilsa catching has been completely banned from October 14 to November 4 to continue this production trend,” said the minister.
River police, Bangladesh Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries will jointly implement the hilsa protection campaign at 152 upazilas of 36 districts of the country, he said.
The minister said the government will provide adequate food assistance to fisherfolk who cannot collect or sell hilsa during the ban so that no one involved in this process faces food crisis.