Hilsa floods local market after 22-day ban

Local food and fish markets in Barishal were flooded with freshly caught hilsa on Saturday after a 22-day fishing ban ended on October 28.

Despite ample supplies, prices remained relatively high.

In different markets, a hilsa weighing around one kilogram was sold for 1,000-1,200 Tk while a hilsa weighing 600-900 grams was sold for 800-900 Tk.

Nirob Hossain Tutul, a hilsa wholesale trader, claimed that a fishing trawler came from Bhola carrying around 150 maunds of hilsa caught on Friday night.

Manjur Alam, a hilsa trader at Tulatuli ghat in Bhola district, said he managed to sell hilsa, all caught from the rivers, worth Tk 70 lakh on the first day.

Alauddin Mia, a fisherman from Bhola Sadar, claimed to have caught thirty kilograms of hilsa in nearby rivers early on Saturday.

Fajlu Gazi, a fish trader in Kuakata, informed that after midnight, various fishing trawlers headed out to sea and expected to return in a few days.

Anisur Rahman Talukdar, Deputy Director of Barishal Divisional Fisheries Office, said 800 mounds of hilsa arrived at Barishal Port Road hilsa market till midday Saturday.

“Cyclone Sitrang has created an environment conducive to egg laying hilsa. We expect a higher return than last year’s 51.8%,” he said.

According to the Divisional Fisheries Office, 861 mobile courts organized 2,994 trips and visited 5,411 wholesale and kitchen markets during the 22-day ban.

The mobile court assessed 9.18 metric tons of hilsa, 57.84 lakh meters of net, filed 879 cases, jailed 724 fishermen and collected Tk 14.29 lakh in fines and obtained Tk 17.07 lakh by selling the hilsa grasped.

A 22-day government ban on the capture, sale, hoarding and transportation of hilsa in Bangladesh began on October 7 to save the mother hilsa during the peak breeding season.

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