The government has imposed a 22-day ban on catching, selling, transportation and hoarding of hilsa from October 7 to October 28.
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Narayon Chandra Chanda made the announcement on October 3.
He said: "The government has imposed a 22-day ban, starting from October 7, on catching, selling and transporting hilsa fish in a 7,000-km breeding ground to ensure the safe spawning of this fish during its peak breeding period."
The decision was taken as part of “Hilsa Protection Campaign-2018” as the objective of the restriction is to save mother hilsa which lays eggs during the period.
Chanda said the authorities have announced six sanctuaries for hilsa fishes for jatka conservation to increase fish production in the country. “One to two years jail or Taka 5000 fine will be awarded if anyone violates the ban.”