FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 499
Culture-based fisheries in Bangladesh
A socio-economic perspective
FAO Fisheries Management and Conservation Service
Paul M. Thompson
Flood Hazard Research Centre
Enfield, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Download Full PDF version 677 kb
|The designations employed and the presentation of material in this information product do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) concerning the legal or development status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. The mention of specific companies or products of manufacturers, whether or not these have been patented, does not imply that these have been endorsed or recommended by FAO in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned.|
All rights reserved. Reproduction and dissemination of material in this information product for educational or other non-commercial purposes are authorized without any prior written permission from the copyright holders provided the source is fully acknowledged. Reproduction of material in this information product for resale or other commercial purposes is prohibited without written permission of the copyright holders. Applications for such permission should be addressed to the Chief, Electronic Publishing Policy and Support Branch, Communication Division, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00153 Rome, Italy or by e-mail to email@example.com
© FAO 2007
|Valbo-Jørgensen, J.; Thompson, P.M.
Culture-based fi sheries in Bangladesh: a socio-economic perspective.
FAO Fisheries Technical Paper. No. 499. Rome, FAO. 2007. 41p.
Fisheries policy in Bangladesh is still trying to get to grips with the major
(universal) dilemmas of maximizing benefi ts from natural resources while,
at the same time, ensuring an acceptable degree of equity in distribution of
benefi ts and protecting the ecosystems that support the resources. During
the twentieth century Bangladesh adopted one-sided production-oriented
policies in the agricultural sector to feed the rapidly growing population.
This strategy included increasing fi sh production, which was in decline
mainly as a result of environmental degradation brought about by the
expansion of agriculture. The solution was aquaculture development and
later the promotion of culture-based fi sheries and large scale stocking in the
fl oodplains and beels (lakes) that previously sustained the capture fi sheries.
Although fi sh production per se in many cases may have increased as a result
of this type of intervention, benefi ts are not socially and environmentally
ContentsPreparation of this document
Participatory planningAccess limitations
Involvement of NGOs
Distribution of benefits and costs
Choice of species: indigenous versus exoticAlternatives to stocking
Implications for fish consumption and nutrition
Who benefits from stocking?Measuring impacts on livelihoods
Alternative income generating activities