Bangladeshis across the world would be very proud as one of their delicacies, Hilsa fish (Ilish in Bengali), has been conferred geographical identification (GI), which has tagged this fish as a Bangladeshi product.
Hilsa fish became second item to get the GI tag after the Zamdani Sari, revealed a patent official.
A GI is a sign that is used on products which have specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a repute that are due to that origin.
Sanwar Hossain, the registrar of the patent design and trademark department (PDTD), told that a certificate of registration will be handed over to the fisheries department by in a weeks’ time.
The GI trails an application by the fisheries department in 2016 for registering the Hilsa as a Bangladeshi product.
After handing out the application, a gazette notification was issued on June 1 in the International Journal of Patents, stating that an item becomes the applicant’s property as a GI product if no one from home and abroad sends any objection.
Hilsa, also known as the “Queen of fishes” and is known for its unique aroma, constitutes 12% of the overall fish catch in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh provides about 70% of the Hilsa to the market. This makes it the largest producer of the Hilsa fish, followed by 15% by India and 10% by Myanmar, while the rest comes from the Arabian Gulf and other countries.
Sanwar Hossain also noted that Bangladesh’s claim on the Hilsa as a GI item would defend its right on the fish globally.