AKIPRESS.COM - Bangladesh has banned fishing off its coast for 65 days to try and boost depleted fish stocks, BBC reports.
The government told the BBC that all types of fishing vessels would be covered by the ban and coast guards would enforce it from Monday.
Thousands of fishermen have planned protests - arguing that they will be left without a source of income.
The ban - lasting from 20 May until 23 July - is timed to occur with the breeding season.
"These resources will deplete one day if we do not use them sustainably," fisheries and livestock minister Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune. "We should let fish grow and breed. Otherwise, we will have to suffer in the future."
The government says the coast guard and navy will enforce the ban in the Bay of Bengal.