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telegraphindia.com 15 Sep, 2021 04:00 am

Fish Tales Poor yield in Bengal, hilsa hope on import from Bangladesh

Fish Tales Poor yield in Bengal, hilsa hope on import from Bangladesh
The domestic yield has been very poor this year and the Myanmar variety stock is almost over

” The production of hilsa in Bengal has dwindled from around 80,000 tonnes in 2001 to around 10,000 tonnes in 2017, largely because of excess fishing in the Bay of Bengal.“From around 37,000 tonnes of hilsa around three years ago, the catch has been going down steadily.This year it won’t be more than 1,000 tonnes,” said Bijan Maity, secretary, Kakdwip Fishermen Welfare Association.File photo Fish traders in the city are keenly waiting for clearance from Bangladesh’s ministry of commerce to receive their supply of ilish ahead of Puja.

Last September, the Bangladesh government had allowed fish traders to export hilsa to Kolkata.With little supply from Bengal’s own waters, fish traders from the wholesale markets of Kolkata and Howrah are now banking on a Bangladeshi ‘goodwill gesture’ like last year.

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