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Bangladesh: Protest escalates against government ban on deep-sea fishing June 13,2019   |  Source: BD News24

The Uttar Chattala Jaldas Samabay Federation, an organisation of fishermen, blockaded the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway on Sunday—three weeks after the ban went into effect. The ban has put their livelihood at risk as they cannot catch hilsa during the season, according to the protesters. Now fish traders’ association Sonali Jantrik Matsya Shilpo Samobay Samiti and Sea Fishing Boat Owners’ Association have joined the protests. The fish traders’ association General Secretary Aminul Islam Babul Sarker and boat owners’ association President Noor Hossain told bdnews24.com on Wednesday that held two rounds of meeting with administration but no-one paid any heed to their tales of sufferings.

“The bureaucrats had been misinformed before they slapped the ban. It must be lifted,” Aminul said. Noor agreed it was breeding period for sea fishes, but not hilsa. “The demand for hilsa caught in this period is always high, but we are sitting idle with our boats,” he said.

The government bans fishing every year in the Bay of Bengal for 65 days from May 20 to July 13 to preserve fish stock and ensure proper breeding. The hilsa catching season lasts usually from May to September at the sea and coastal areas, fishermen, traders and vessel owners say. “We can’t go to the deep

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