The law-enforcing agencies seized illegal fishing nets (current nets) worth Tk 91.3 million in the first three days through mobile courts led by the Department of Fisheries under its Mother Hilsa Conservation Campaign-2020.
During the period, 3.36 tonnes of hilsa fish were also seized.
The mobile courts have been conducting raids amid the 22-day long fishing ban period in hilsa- prone regions under the campaign that started on October 14 and will end on November 04.
A total of 442 mobile courts and 3,059 inspections were conducted in the eight divisions and 6.6 million metres of current nets worth Tk 91.3 million were seized in the first three days.
The courts sent 178 fishers to jail for different terms while a total of 273 cases were filed under the Fisheries Act, said a press release.
Catching, marketing, transporting, selling, bartering, and stocking hilsa are prohibited during the fishing ban period.
The offenders could be sent to jail for one or two years or be fined maximum Tk 5,000 or could face both.
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