Current nets destroyed in two districts
Coastguards seized around 160 maunds of jatka (hilsa fry) from four launches in Dhaleshwari River in Sadar upazila of Munshiganj yesterday morning.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of coastguards intercepted the Dhaka-bound MV Panama, MV Zahid-3, MV Tipu-2 and MV Prince of Shohag and recovered the hilsa fries. None was arrested in this connection, reports UNB.
Station Commander Ferdous Ahmed said the jatka will be sold at an auction in presence of Sadar upazila fisheries officer M.A. Azad and the money will be deposited to the government exchequer.
The government has banned catching of jatka from February 1 to May 31.
In Rajbari, a mobile court seized current nets worth Tk. 7 lakh from different areas of Goalunda upazila yesterday.
The mobile court, led by Md. Golam Zakaria, executive magistrate of Rajbari collectorate office, recovered the nets from several parts of the Padma River in separate drives, reports our Manikganj correspondent.
The mobile court burnt the seized current nets at Daulatdia launch ghat at around 2:00pm.
The mobile court also arrested two fishermen — Akkas Ali, 30, and Chand Khan, 50, of Char Delondi village under Debgram union of the upazila and fined Tk. 1,000 each for catching fish illegally.
In Laxmipur, coastguard members in separate drives in Kamolganj upazila recovered one lakh meter current nets worth Tk 57 lakh on Wednesday noon.
A team of coastguards of Matirhat camp in their drive to stop jatka fishing conducted raids in Batirghat, Chodlar Ghat, Char Shamsuddin and surrounding areas of the upazila and seized the current nets.
Later the seized nets were destroyed.