DHAKA- Bangladesh government has banned fishing off its coast for the next 65 days to invigorate the depleting fish stock.
Fisheries and livestock minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru was quoted as saying, “These resources will deplete one day if we do not use them sustainably. We should let fish grow and breed. Otherwise, we will have to suffer in the future."
The ban - lasting from 20 May until 23 July - comes into effect on Monday and has been timed to occur with the breeding season.
This is the first time that all fishing boats, including local fishermen, have been banned from fishing. Fishermen are planning protests against the ban and are demanding compensation for the loss of income they will suffer because of the ban.