The Bangladesh Fisheries Ministry has banned fishing in coastal areas for 65 days in an attempt to protect its marine populations during breeding season. The ban has been enforced by authorities and is set to run until July 23. Affected fishermen are concerned about how this will affect their livelihoods and their income. Although similar bans have been issued in the Bay of Bengal in the past, this is the first time the ban extends to include small-scale and local fishing boats.
The Ministry posted a message on Facebook saying it wanted to ensure the "safe environment of the fish, including the preservation of fish eggs" during the breeding season. But the statement has left many fishermen worried about the effect the ban will have on their livelihoods, as some rely solely on this income.
Fishermen protested in the port city of Chittagong demanding authorities re-think the ban or provide support during its duration.