Bay of Bengal in 65-day ban : Fishermen are almost starving

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The Ministry of Livestock has imposed a ban on all types of fishing for 65 days (May 20 to July 23) in the Bangladesh part of the Bay of Bengal to promote fair breeding and breeding. However, fishermen have raised questions about the effectiveness of the ban. Fishermen claim that Indian fishermen are fishing during the ban in the Bangladesh part of the Bay of Bengal. The government should have imposed the ban in India and Bangladesh at the same time. Earlier, hundreds of thousands of coastal fishermen and workers involved in fish trade held a human chain and protest rally to demand the withdrawal of the government’s decision to stop fishing in the sea. Publicity and publication secretary of Patuakhali district branch of political organization Bangladesh Awami Fishermen’s League Mohammad Mamun said that the backbone of fishermen and fish traders has been broken as a result of 147-day ban at different stages of the year. The government assistance that fishermen get is very less. As a result, life is spent in extreme misery. They are worried about the 65-day ban before the 22-day ban on catching mother hilsa is over.

The government gives 40 kg of rice to each fisherman’s family. These rice are given to registered fishermen. However, we will discuss the current situation with our local and central leaders so that in the coming years there will be more cooperation between the parties to help the districts survive the ban. Fishermen have staged several rounds of human chain and marches at Alipur, Mahipur and Kuakata fishing ports to demand the lifting of the ban. Later he also gave a memorandum to the local administration. The fishermen said that they could not attract the attention of the government. Complaints made by fishermen in various media, Indian fishermen deliberately enter the waters of Bangladesh and hunt fish constantly. They fish with high quality fishing boats. As soon as the Navy and Coast Guard saw it, they quickly fled to their own waters. According to the Fisheries Office, every year in the month of Ashwin (October 7-28), the mother hilsa comes to the coast from the deep sea and lays eggs. The production of hilsa has increased due to the closure of hilsa harvesting during the breeding season for several years. Besides, the Bay of Bengal has 435 species of important fish resources, which in the interest of conservation and reproduction and for the sustainable production and implementation of a marine dependent economy, the government has banned all types of fishing for 65 days. However, to stop fishing in the sea, the government gives 40 kg of rice to each fisherman’s family.

These rice are given to registered fishermen. A person named Md. Jalil said that many fishermen could not register. But many fake people are taking help from the government by claiming to be jailed. A fisherman named Salam said, we have now become street beggars. You have to live by fishing. Family with parents, wife, sons and daughters no longer runs. Mohipur fish merchant. Masum Bepari said that India and Bangladesh should be banned at the same time. There are two types of laws in the same sea, making us lose everything. A large population of ordinary fishermen and fisherfolk are saying that if the fishermen can’t get into the sea, what will they eat? So forced by the stomach, many fishermen ignore the fear of jail fines and go fishing. At this time, not only should ban be imposed on the fishermen of Bangladesh, appropriate measures should also be taken to prevent the fishing vessels and trawlers of the neighboring countries Myanmar, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka from entering the Bay of Bengal. The owner of Alipur Trawler is also the President of the Fishery Traders Association. Ansar Uddin Molla said that fishermen and traders have repeatedly demanded to reduce the ban period. In India, the ban period is 45 days. As a result, Indian fishermen are intruding into Bangladesh’s sea limits and taking fish. Upazila senior fisheries officer Apu Saha said that the fisheries department is working to keep the hilsa closed for 65 days. The Navy is responsible for controlling the capture of hilsa by Indian fishermen. They will control the outsider. We have reported the matter to the ministry.

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