Huge hilsa catch makes Barishal fishermen smile

Our Correspondent . Barishal | Published: 20:52, Aug 24,2019


Wholesale buyers inspect hilsa at Rort Road Wholesale Market in Barishal. -- New Age photo

Huge catch of big sized hilsa at the beginning of peak season brings smiles to fishermen in Barishal.

The peak season of hilsa catching just started and it would continue till the end of October,  said Bimal Chandra Das, district fishery officer in Barishal.

‘We hope hilsa production would be increased up to five per cent than the past year. Government has operating mobile court against netting and marketing hilsa-fries contributed increase of hilsa production,’ he said.

A spot visit to Port Road wholesale hilsa market in the city on Saturday found about 100 trawlers from different areas of Barishal, Bhola, Chattogram, Noakhali, Patuakhali and  Barguna anchored on the bank of Kirtankhola river for unloading the fish netted from bay, coast, estuary and inner rivers.

The trawlers carried over 500 mounds of hilsa.

Due to increased supply of hilsa, prices went down by 25 to 30 per cent per kilogram compared to last month,  said, Ajit Kumar Das Manu, president, Port Road Wholesale Hilsa Market.

Manowar Hossain Majhi, 40, who came from Bhola with 40 mounds of hilsa, said the average size of his hisla was 800 to 1,200 grams, but he became frustrated as price of the hilsa drastically fell.

‘Last month, I sold 30 mound hilsa at the rate of per mound Tk 48,000,  but now I sold 40 mound hilsa at Tk 36,000 a mound,’ he added.

‘We went to the Meghna-Ilisha river estuary near Manpura of Bhola, Hatia of Noakhali with 10 fishermen and came back with 200 mounds of hilsa and sold those to wholesalers for Tk 7 lakh,’ said Akbar Maji, a fisherman of Mehendiganj.

‘Prices of small and medium-sized hilsa reduced, it went up for big sized ones. Now we are netting huge big-sized hilsa. So, we won’t be looser in trading,’ he added.

The size of netted hilsa mostly 700 to 900 grams, so it was a good sign for increasing hilsa, said fisherman Kabir Maji.

According to the market price, hilsa weighing up to one kilogram were selling at Tk 900 per kg and hilsas weighing 600 grams to 900 grams were selling at Tk 700-800 a kg and below 600 grams sized were being sold at Tk 600 per kg.

Hilsas netted fresh from local rivers of Jayanti, Arial Kha, Kirtankhola were more pricy than hilsas netted from the bay and estuary, fishermen informed.

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