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Like other 36 districts of the country, Hilsha catching, selling, transporting, hoarding and marketing will be  prohibited in Gaibandha to protect mother Hilsha for ensuring safe breeding, reports BSS.
District fisheries officer (DFO) Abdud Dayan said the government imposed 22-day ban in this regard will effect from October 07 to October 28.
The government is implementing the “Hilsa Protection Campaign-2018” as the objective of the restriction to save mother hilsa during the pea breeding period.
A mother Hilsha give birth up to 50 lakh hilsa fry, he said. In the fiscal year 2008-2009, hilsa production was 2.98 tonnes while it stood to 4.96 tonnes during the fiscal year 2016-2017, he commented.
To create much awareness among the fishermen, the fish traders, and the consumers a motivational meeting organized by district administration and the department of fisheries was held at the conference room of District Collectorate Building here on Monday.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gautam Chandra Pal addressed the meeting as the chief guest and said the government has implemented various coordinated programmes for increasing Hilsha fish production.
If anyone catches, sells, transports and hoards the Hilsha fish violating the recently imposed restriction the offenders will be will jailed for one or two years and fined highest Tk. 5,000, the DC added.
The punishment will be doubled for committing the same crime for the second time, the DC further added.
The DC also sought whole hearted cooperation of all to make the programme a success in the district.
Assistant director of the fisheries department Barun Chandra
Biswas, senior Sadar upazila fisheries officer Sanjoy Banerjee, fisheries survey officer Golam Mohammad Zilanee and
members of district task force committee including journalists attended the meeting.