65-day fishing ban in Sunderbans begins today

United News of Bangladesh . Khulna | Published: 00:21, Jul 01,2019


The Forest Department has imposed a 65-day ban on fishing in all canals in the Sunderbans from July 1 to August 31 to ensure safe breeding and preservation of fish and other aquatic animals.

This fishing ban has been imposed immediately after the end of a 65-day ban on fishing in the Bay of Bengal that continued till June 30.

Fishing would remain prohibited in nearly 400 canals to ensure safe breeding and preservation of fish and stop illegal fishing using poison. Canals with more than 25 feet width would remain out it purview of the ban, said Forest Department officials.

East Sunderbans’ Chandpai range officer Md Shahin Kabir said all the fishermen were informed about the ban earlier. However, limited passes would be provided for fishing in the big rivers.

Sundarban Management Committee, Community Patrol Group, Village Tiger Response Teams and Wild Team will work to implement the ban along with the Forest Department.

Local fishermen expressed frustration the authorities concerned imposed the ban without arranging any alternative livelihood for them.

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