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Bangladesh: 22-day ban on hilsa fishing starts at midnight October 04,2021   |  Source: The Daily Star

The ban will remain effective till October 25, as per decision of the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. According to fishermen and researchers, hilsa's movement from the sea to the river has already been disrupted due to several reasons, including climate change, our Barishal correspondent reports. However, they hoped that fishermen would get good catch at the end of this season. Sohag Hawladar, from Bhola's Sadar upazila, said he could not catch more than 20kg of hilsa over the last three days in the Meghna river. There is no fish in the river, he said. Fazlu Gazi, one of the major hilsa wholesalers at Mahipur Hilsa Centre in Patuakhali, said, "I could not sell a single hilsa fish in the last few days. Such an incident has never happened."

He said, there was a depression in the bay after a 65-day ban, which prevented fishermen from going to the sea and the river. Apart from this, the ban usually starts during full moon every year, but this time it is going to start from the new moon, he added. Our Barishal correspondent reports that at the Port Road Wholesale Fish Sales Centre in Barishal, around 200 maund of hilsa has been available over the last few days -- much less compared to earlier. Nirab Hossain Tutul, secretary of the Matsya Aratdar Association, said catch of


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