65-day fishing ban at sea from midnight
A 65-day ban on all types of fishing, including hilsa, is starting from midnight on Friday. However, at this time about 49 thousand registered hilsa fishermen of the district will be given 86 kg of rice according to the district fisheries department.
According to the sources of the Fisheries Department, this ban has been imposed from May 20 to July 23 on the unrestricted breeding and preservation of marine fish. If someone hunts fish in violation of this law, the fishermen will be subjected to various fines or regular lawsuits.
It has been seen on the surface, thousands of fishing trawlers have already taken refuge in Shibbaria River, the port of Mohipur, which is famous for its large fishing port. Many of these trawlers are lifting nets on the shore. Many of these fishermen were seen having a busy time after returning to the shore. However, as the desired hilsa was not caught this year, many fishermen have expressed the thought of changing their profession.
Fishermen have demanded to provide financial support along with increasing the amount of food aid to prevent these fishermen from changing their profession in order to protect the fish-based economy. Besides, they demanded to take effective measures to prevent the aggression of Indian fishermen during the ban period.
Rahim Munshi, the fisherman of the Nijshibbaria area of Mohipur, told projonmokantho, "We came to the ghat when the cyclone broke out. After that, I did not go to the sea. What will be the benefit of going? There are no fish in the sea. This year, the Hilsa famine is over. So if the government would look into reducing the period of this blockade, we would benefit.
Kalapara senior upazila fisheries officer Apu Saha told projonmokantho that 86 kg of rice will be provided to each registered fisherman. Hopefully, they will get incentives soon. We will also inform the higher authorities about the demands of the fishermen.