Fisheries Extension Services for Coastal Provinces: Learnings from a Project in Ranong, Thailand

REPORTS - BOBP/REP/68

Fisheries Extension Services for Coastal Provinces: Learnings from a Project in Ranong, Thailand

by
Rathin Roy
Senior Extension Adviser


Executing Agency: FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS

Funding Agency: UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

BAY OF BENGAL PROGRAMME Madras, India 1994

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PREFACE

This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to develop a model for enabling integrated development in selected fishing communities in the Ranong Province of Thailand. While actually providing the services, it was intended to learn simultaneously about the approaches and methods of fisheries extension services that target small-scale fisherfolk communities in coastal provinces. The subproject was conceptualized late in 1985, towards the end of the first phase of the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP), and was to be implemented during the second phase of BOBP which started in 1987. Several preparatory exercises were undertaken during 1985 and 1986 and the implementation of the project initiated late in 1986.

The subproject undertook several activities, including technology transfer in the areas of aquaculture and capture fisheries, it provided credit through revolving funds for various fisheries and nonfisheries activities, it promoted skill development among women in the hope of enhancing their incomes, it facilitated access to health education and healthcare in remote villages, it helped in the provision of nonformal education, and it enabled fishing communities to gain access to community development programmes of the Government. It even helped some of the villages to create some infrastructure. It finally spent time on trying to extract the learnings from its work and on sharing this learning with the Department of Fisheries (DOF).

The Department of Fisheries of Thailand was responsible for the execution of the subproject, and it did so with the cooperation of the government departments responsible for healthcare, non-formal education, cooperatives and community development. The BOBP provided technical assistance, support for some additional staff, training, equipment, credit and monitoring.


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1. GENESIS

1.1 The need for an activity
1.2 The management of small-scale fisheries
1.3 A shift in emphasis: Providing extension services for integrated development

2. THE IMPLEMENTATION PROCESS

2.1 Preparation: Getting to know the fisheries and fisherfolk
2.2 The subproject’s strategy
2.3 Organization of the subproject
2.4 Extending technologies
2.5 Providing credit
2.6 Facilitating integrated development
2.7 Worrying about the other half: Women’s development
2.8 Extracting and sharing the learning of the subproject

3 . LEARNINGS

4. SUSTAINABILITY BEYOND BOBP AND CONCLUSIONS

APPENDICES

I. Project chronology
II. Summary description of extension activities
III. Training inputs
IV. Documentation related to the subproject
V. Equipment supplied

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