Video: A day onboard Amir Majhi’s dinghy

In the video shot in the nearshore water of the Bay of Bengal, we talk about the fact that the fishers in Bangladesh are not properly compensated during the fishing ban seasons.

Every year, the government of Bangladesh imposes a 22-day long fishing ban on hilsha fishing from October 4 to October 25. This is done to ensure proper spawning of hilsha fish, and protect their population. During this time, no fishing, transporting or selling of hilsha fishes are allowed. 

But how does this ban affect the fishers of our country? And how do they prepare for the ban? To answer these questions, we ventured into the sea and spent a day at Amir Majhi’s boat. He and his family members have walked us through their final day of fishing before the ban season. 

Watch their story here:

‘The fishing ban season will start at midnight. The day before, I interviewed the local fishers on Nijhum Dweep Island in the Bay of Bengal. A local fisherman, Amir Majhi, invited me on board his dinghy for a day fishing trip. I spent the day with Majhi and his young family members on the water. In the video shot in the nearshore water of the Bay of Bengal, we talk about the fact that the fishers in Bangladesh are not properly compensated during the fishing ban seasons.’

– Mohammad Arju

Video: https://youtu.be/46MqCVOwS8g

Camera and Voice: Mohammad Arju

Edit: Nasib Ahsan

Location: Nijhum Dwip Island, Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh

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