Hilsa production is expected to surpass past records

প্রকাশিত: 9:04 PM, November 9, 2020

Hilsa production is expected to surpass past records

Amdadul Haque:

After the withdrawal of 22-day ban on netting hilsa, the fishermen across the country have become busy again, began catching the delicious fish from the Bay of Bengal and the different rivers.


In order to increase the production of hilsa, massive publicity, administrative strictures, jail-fines were all in place to comply with the ban. The Fisheries Department claims that the production will surpass past records as the ban on mother hilsa has been completely successful.


However, there has been a mixed reaction to the success of the operation among fishermen. Fishermen believe that if government support increases and there are simultaneous restrictions in neighboring countries, production will increase more.


Hilsa researchers said that the main purpose of refraining from catching hilsa at this time is to protect mother hilsa so that they can safely lay eggs in the river. They said at least 7,40,000 kg of eggs were released last year alone. If half of it is fertilized and even 10 percent of it survives, then 37 trillion hilsa fry or jatka can be found.


Regarding the initiative to protect the mother hilsa this time, hilsa researcher Dr Md Anisur Rahaman, chief scientific officer of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, Chandpur, told that due to the increase in water due to the low pressure in the sea, this time more hilsa has been able to enter the river and lay eggs. Hopefully this year’s total hatching may increase by up to 10 percent.


Jatka protection program was started in Bangladesh from 2003-2004. In the first bangla month of Ashwin since 2008, it has been banned to catch hilsa for 11 days before and after the full moon. Later, the ban was imposed for 22 consecutive days in conjunction with the full moon and the new moon.


Fisheries officials said the production of hilsa has been steadily increasing due to protecting jatka and mother hilsa during prohibited times. Not only that, overweight hilsa is also available now. 3 lakh 6 thousand tons of hilsa was caught in the country in 2014-15 financial year, it has increased to 5 lakh 33 thousand tons in 2018-19. The average weight of hilsa has increased by 350 grams in the last three years.


Several fishermen on the coast of Bangladesh said that Indian fishermen have been fishing freely in the Bay of Bengal for the past few years in the ban period. And the ban is not being fully successful.


Fisheries and Livestock Minister SM Rezaul Karim said, “This time our initiative has been 100% successful in the breeding season of hilsa. This time our police and coastguard were in a strict position. As a result, even the fishermen of the neighboring countries could not enter the border of Bangladesh.”