Bonanza of Hilsa fishing going on in Padma in Rajshahi


Bonanza of Hilsa fishing going on in Padma in Rajshahi

RAJSHAHI, Nov 12 (BSS): Plenty of Hilsa are being netted in different areas of the mighty Padma River for the last few days as the tasty national fish came back in the river after a long gap.
With the reappearance of Hilsa, fishermen residing along the river in Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj districts have become busy in fishing and marketing the catches. Similarly, a number of traders from different areas in the country including the capital city are rushing to different points for purchasing the fish.

Concerned officials here said the recent conservation efforts of the government resulted in an increased migration of Hilsa from the Bay of Bengal to Rajshahi region through the Padma.

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

“I am earning Tk 2,000 to Tk 3,000 after netting Hilsa per day,” said Noimuddin, a fisherman of Matikata village under Godagari Upazila.

He observed that Hilsa availability in the Rajshahi region had drastically fallen in the early 1990s as the fish stopped migrating to the Padma, largely due to over fishing of brood Hilsas and reduction in water flow in the river.

Subhash Chandra Shaha, district fisheries officer, told the news agency that a ban on catching Hilsa fish was effected from October 12 to November 2 last and the three-week long ban was found effective for successful breeding of Hilsa everywhere in the region.

He mentioned that around 2,000 fishermen have been fishing Hilsa since November 3 last and more than 20 to 25 mounds are being netted every day.

The Hilsa availability was decreasing tremendously over the last decades for increasing fishing pressure and environmental degradation.

Shubhash Shaha added other fishes are also found in plenty in the spawning grounds and adjacent areas and thus it is assumed that fishing ban had positive impact on the successful breeding of other fishes.

The fishing ban should be in force during every breeding season in the years to come for sustainable reproduction of Hilsa, he added.

“It’s a good news that Hilsas are returning to the Padma River. We noticed fishermen have been catching Hilshas in the Padma in the Rajshahi region for the last couple of days,” said Md Muniruzzaman, divisional deputy director of Directorate of Fisheries.

He said: “It is possible to further increase Hilsa production in the rivers if the government provides us with more logistic supports, including manpower and funding.”

Praising the government initiatives in conserving Hilsa, experts opined that further success can be achieved by ensuring proper compensation for fishermen and completely stopping the use of gill net.