Save Hilsa fishermen from being robbed: OrganisationNew Age Online
Matshajibi Upojati and Hatodaridra Unnayan Society, an organisation of the fishermen, on Saturday sought intensifying surveillance by the security agencies, including navy and coast guards, to thwart robbery in coastal regions and save lives of the fishermen.
MUHUS leaders claimed that robbery in the Bay of Bengal and coastal regions has alarmingly increased, during the current Hilsa harvesting season and that the poor sea-going fishermen were everyday being ripped-off.
‘At least 70 trawlers engaged in netting Hilsa fish came under attack by the pirates at Kochikhali area of Patharghata upazila in Barguna district during September alone,’ said MUHUS chairman Abu Bakar Siddik, at a press conference in the National Press Club, Saturday.
The fishermen are being victimized, almost each day by the organised gang of robbers in the coastal areas, he said, adding that fishermen were so scared that they now are hesitant to go to fishing.
He claimed that those incidents of robberies were not unknown to the law enforcing agencies.
Bakar Siddik said the plundered fishes were being smuggled out to the neighboring India.
He urged the ministry of commerce to lift ban on the export of the Hilsa fishes to help them earn foreign currencies.
He also urged the government to take effective steps to modernise the infrastructures of the fish landing areas in the coastal areas and also improve fish transport facilities to boost the export of fish.
The fishermen leaders urged all concerned not to catch Hilsa during October 13 to October 23, the season of laying eggs, to help increase the production.
They urged the government to take stern action against the violators of the rules.
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