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Call to protect jatka in Padma

RAJSHAHI, March 12, 2017 (BSS)- Fisheries extension officials at a post-rally discussion here today urged the fishermen to refrain from fishing jatka hilsa fishes in the river Padma.

They mentioned the recent conservation efforts increased migration of

Hilsha from the Bay of Bengal to Rajshahi region through the Padma.

Now plenty of fishes are found in and around the spawning ground indicating a positive impact of ban on Hilsha fishing during spawning period.

Department of Fisheries (DoF) organized the discussion at Kalidaskhali High School playground under Bagha Upazila of the district while observing the Jatka Hilsa Conservation Week- 2017. More than 600 fishermen joined the discussion and rally on rickshaw-vans.

DoF Divisional Deputy Director Abdul Wadud and District Fisheries Officer Subhash Chandra Shaha addressed the discussion as chief and special guests while Upazila Nirbahi Officer Hamidul Islam was in the chair.

Upazila Fisheries Officer Amirul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Bagha Police Station Ali Mahmud and school teachers Babul Islam and Rabindra Nath also spoke.

Praising the government initiatives in conserving Hilsha, the speakers urged all quarters to supplement the government endeavor as a whole.

Abdul Wadud told the fishermen that Hilsha availability in the Rajshahi region had drastically fallen in the early 1990s as the fish stopped migrating to the Padma.

He said ban on catching Hilsha fish was found effective for

successful breeding of Hilsha everywhere in the region. Other fishes are also found in plenty in the spawning grounds and adjacent areas. It is assumed that fishing ban had positive impact on the successful breeding of other fishes also.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)