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Bangladesh: Ilish flooding Chandpur fish markets July 28,2020   |  Source: Dhaka Tribune

Huge amounts of Ilish netted from the Bay and the Meghna estuary have flooded the biggest wholesale fish market of the country at Chandpur Boro Station in the town. During a visit at the market on Monday morning, this correspondent found a large number of fishing trawlers and pickup vans had arrived at the Fisheries Ghat carrying Ilish netted from the coastal areas of Bhola, Char Fashion, Ramgati, Swandwip and the adjacent areas.

More than a thousand workers and fish traders were seen busy handling Ilish at various fisheries in Chandpur. Most of the fishermen prefer carrying their catches in pickup vans as it takes less time than carrying in boats. Another reason to avoid the waterways is that the fishermen have to pay tolls at different points to extortionists, said some fishermen.

Asked about the market condition, Rahman Shikdar, a tea stall owner, said: "We're now getting a greater number of customers because of big catches." Ali Hossain, a thermal box trader, said: "We're getting more customers who want to send the fish to Dhaka and other places for their relatives."

With constant smiles on their faces, some labourers said they have been passing very busy time in handling Ilish as plenty of the delicious fish is being netted. Fish trader Imam Hossain said everyday

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