River police sinks 91 ilish-catching trawlers in Munshiganj

Fisherman Catching Ilish
River police seize altogether 1,000 kilometres of current nets and arrests six fishermen during the drive

In order to secure ilish breeding, river police, during a drive sank 91 trawlers in the Padma River in Munshiganj from Monday night to Tuesday morning.

River police and officials from the fisheries office conducted the drive in different parts of the river, while a helicopter of the Bangladesh Air Force cast light on the illegal fishing trawlers. The trawlers were first siezed and then were sank in the Padma.

Besides, 1,000 kilometres of current nets were seized and six fishermen were arrested during the drive, said Md Abdul Alim, the fisheries officer in the district.

“The drive was led by Additional Deputy Inspector General of Police (River police) Mahbubur Rahman. Cases were filed against the six fishermen,” Abdul added.

A 22-day ban on catching, selling, hoarding and transporting of ilish had come into effect from October 14 to protect Hilsa with eggs. This is the peak period when hilsas release eggs.

The ban will be effective until November 4, said a handout from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock on September 17.

Tanjil Hasan
dhakatribune

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