May 8, 2021


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Even if the ban is lifted, the desired hilsa does not match

Fishermen have been caught in the waters of Padma and Meghna rivers in Chandpur after the government’s ban was lifted. However, they are not getting the desired hilsa.This is the picture that has been seen in the wide riverine areas of the district since dawn on Saturday (May 1). Some people are catching two or four small hilsas in their nets. Some other species of fish also match.

Earlier, in March-April, the government had banned all kinds of fishing in the river to conserve Jatka. But that ban ended at midnight on Friday (April 30). After that the fishermen fell into the river in groups with fishing nets and boats.

Talks were held with Barek Radhi, a fisherman of Uttar Gobindia village in Chandpur Sadar upazila. He said that the loan installments of the NGO are not much to the creditors. Apart from that, he was unemployed for the last two months. The seven members of the family are in dire straits. But if you don’t get the desired hilsa now, the misery will increase. In the meantime, Eid is also coming.

Another fisherman named Rahim Gazi of Akhenerhat next door also expressed his grief at the tune of Barek Radhi. The same expression applies to thousands of fishermen fishing in the Padma and Meghna rivers of Chandpur.

Meanwhile, the big station wholesale fishing ground of the district town is also a uniform picture. Sunshan silence has been going on there since Saturday morning. However, fish traders are full of hope. Because, many of them have paid in advance to the fishermen.

Chandpur District Fisheries Officer. Asadul Baki said that despite the strictures of the law enforcement agencies, Jatka was killed by a class of dishonest fishermen. However, legal action has been taken against the lion’s share of them. In such a situation, about 40 metric tons of jatka, 42 crore meters of banned current nets have been seized.

Not only that, as food aid from the government, 60 kg of rice has been given to each fishing family in two months.

One of the country’s fisheries scientist, Hilsa researcher said. Anisur Rahman said, ‘Hilsa is a migratory fish. It constantly swings against the current in a circular motion. So don’t be impatient with the fishermen. Have to wait a bit. As soon as the rainfall and water flow increase, the desired hilsa will fall into the net.

Chandpur Deputy Commissioner Anjana Khan Majlish said the bank accounts of each of the real fishermen of the district, i.e. those who hunt all kinds of fish including hilsa in the big river, will be opened by updating the list. So that the fishermen who have become unemployed under the ban can get financial assistance.

The deputy commissioner said such a proposal has been submitted to the concerned government authorities to improve the living standards of these marginal fishermen.