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Sunday, 24 February 2008

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The fishing directorate will put a two-month total ban on fishing in major rivers in the southern region to facilitate spawning and increase national fishing wealth by saving fish fries.

According to the plan, 340 kilometers areas on Ilisha, Meghna, Tentulia, Bishkhali and Padma rivers of Barisal, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barguna, Munshiganj, Chandpur and Laxmipur region would be declared sanctuaries of fishes.

The Barisal district fishermen association and fishery office sources said the government has imposed total ban on fishing in 100 kilometers from Shatnol to Char Alexander of Meghna, River Padma and branch rivers, 90 kilometers from Madanpur Char-Shababazpur of Meghna, River Ilisha and branches, 100 kilometers from Veduria to Char Rustom of Bishkhali and Rivers Tentulia and branches and 50 kilometers from Kalapara to Charmanik of estuary areas.

Assistant director of Barisal divisional office of fishery directorate said all preparations had been completed with the help of law enforcing agencies and local administrations to execute two-month ban on all kinds of fishing from March 1 to April 30.

Special grants, facilities and alternative employment opportunities would be provided for the affected and unemployed fishermen under the fishery planning of the government.

Md Yusuf Ali, organising secretary of district fishermen association, however, said Tk 200/300 per month for per fishermen is too scanty as compensative subsidy, and instead, plan for alternative self employment project is appreciable.

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