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Delicious hilsa set to be back on menu

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Published: 15:27, 25 October 2021  
Delicious hilsa set to be back on menu

Looking for Ilish? No worries, it is coming back!   

Fishermen are making preparations to resume Ilish netting as a 22-day ban imposed by the government comes to an end Monday midnight. Besides catching, the ban was imposed on selling, hoarding and transporting the fish until October 25 to ensure safe spawning of the national fish during its peak breeding period.

The law enforcers seized a huge number of mother Ilish and fishing nets, trawlers in different parts of the country for catching Ilish defying the ban.

Fisheries Department, Upazila and district administrations, police and coast guard personnel carried out regular drives to make sure that the ban is implemented strictly. The decision of imposing the ban was taken at a meeting of the National Taskforce held in September with Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim in the chair.

During the meeting, the minister said the government will take strict action against those involved in harming the national interest of the country. The objective of the restriction is to save mother Ilish which lays eggs during the period.

The peak Ilish season is during the Monsoon months of August, September and October. According to the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Ilish production jumped from 300,000 tons in 2008-09 to 500,000 tons in 2017-18. In 2019, Ilish production rose to 533,000 tons.

The ministry has taken different measures to boost its production to 600,000 tons in the current fiscal year. Ilish has the highest contribution to the country’s fish production as the single fish species. More than 12% of the country’s fish production comes from Ilish.
Dhaka Tribune

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