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Bangladesh: Hilsas flood Chandpur, Khulna markets November 12,2019   |  Source: Prothom Alo

About 90 per cent Hilsa available in Khulna and Chandpur markets after a 22-day fishing embargo are full of eggs, triggering fears of poor production in the next season and prompting calls for extending the fishing ban, reports news agency UNB. It looks to be alarming given the fact that only 15 per cent of the Hilsa caught in the previous year had eggs in them, officials said. Eighty-five percent of Hilsa caught in Khulna this time contain eggs, said Bangladesh Fisheries Development Corporation Manager of Khulna region Md Jahidul Islam.

He said the wholesale markets at Boro Rail Station fish jetty in Chandpur and those along the shore are packed with Hilsa with eggs since 90 per cent of the catch is mother Hilsa. The government had imposed a 22-day ban from 9 to 30 October on catching, selling, storing and transporting hilsa during its peak breeding period. But mother hilsa could not finish releasing eggs. Consequently, shoals of mother Hilsa full of eggs have been caught by fishermen after the ban was lifted. Lack of rains delayed the cycle. “Hilsa breeding is related to rainfall,” said Abdul Wahab, who is leading the ECOFISHBD Project of WorldFish. Bangladesh’s southern region did not receive much rain this monsoon. It recorded only 143mm of rainfall in June and

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