An official ban has been imposed for eight months over fishing of Hilsha spawn Jatka. The ban is from November 1 to June 30 next year, said the Fisheries Department.

The ban bears punishments of imprisonment and fines. Generally all hilsa under 25 centimeters long is classified as jatka.

In the breeding season of hilsa, from October 7 to October 28, hilsa fishing was banned for 22 days. Now is the time to protect jatka. Thus three days after the end of the breeding season, an eight-month ban has been imposed on jatka in all the rivers and waterways of the country when catching, sale, stocking and transport will be completely forbidden. But there is no barrier to catching big hilsa.

Fishermen claim that fishing nets available to them with too small gaps end up catching the small jatka fry. They therefore demanded proper nets that will allow them to catch regular fish without catching small fry such as jatka.

The Department of Fisheries said, the provisions of the sentence of imprisonment and imprisonment have been kept in violation of government sanctions. At this time the government will provide food assistance to the fishermen who are getting hilsa from the sea to stop jatka catch. The fisheries department hopes that if the Jatka is closed, the fish production will increase in next season.

According to the Department of Fisheries data, in the country 2016-2017 fiscal year 4 lakh 96 thousand metric tons and in the year 2017-2018 fiscal year 5 lakh 9 thousand metric tonnes of Hilsa were produced. This year, the production of Hilsa is expected to be even more. In the study, the government has declared one more hilsa’s residence. In this, the number of Hilsa’s self-employment stood at 6. As a result, the extent or length of the country’s Hilsha sanctuary has increased by 410 km.

Chief Scientific Officer of the Chandpur Fisheries Research Institute and the researcher of the Hilsa Anisur Rahman said that the Hilsa spawned eggs throughout the year. The main breeding season of Hilsa is caught during this time (7 to 28 October) of the full moon season. At this time, the mother came near the beach of Hilsa and left her eggs in hermitage. One Hilsa spawns maximum 21 lakh eggs. As an average, a mother, Hilsa, spawned 10 to 12 lakh eggs and found out that her studies have come out.

Chandpur Correspondent