According to a notification from the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, the government has declared a second spawning ground for hilsa and imposed a ban on fishing in an effort to increase production. The new spawning ground is three different points of the river, mainly the Bagerhat, Pirojpur, Barguna, and Baleswar rivers in the Patuakhali district covering 342.5 sq km.
The upper part of the breeding area includes Bagi Bandar in the Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat and Vaizora adjacent to Sapleja in the Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur. The middle part of the breeding area consists of Supati (Coast Guard Station) at Sharankhola in Bagerhat and Ruhita at Patharghata in Barguna.
The lower part of the spawning ground is the point adjacent to the insect pasture of Sharankhola in Bagerhat; Lemon Garden of Latachapali Union of Patuakhali's Kalapara gave this information in a circular published yesterday (September 3, 2023).
A senior official of the Ministry of Fisheries said that Hilsa fish comes from the sea through the Baleshwar River that passes through these districts. For this reason, the area has been declared as a spawning ground to increase fish production.
The government earlier announced the birth of hilsa in an area of about 7 thousand square kilometers including Mayani Point of Mirsarai in Chittagong, West Syed Aulia Point of Bhola and North Kutubdia of Kalapara in Patuakhali, Lata Chapati Point of Cox's Bazar.
Accordingly, to increase fish production, the government bans hilsa fishing for 22 days, usually during the peak breeding season in October. In its notification, the Ministry of Fisheries said it would be open to receive views or objections from any person within two months of the notification.
According to an estimate by the Department of Fisheries, the production of hilsa, which has been growing slowly over the years, has increased marginally to 5.66 lakh tonnes in the 2021-22 financial year from 5.65 lakh tonnes in the previous year.