Prawn postlarvae fishing in coastal Bangladesh: Challenges for sustainable livelihoods

Ahmed, Nesar, Troell, Max, Allison, Edward H. and Muir, James F. 2010, Prawn postlarvae fishing in coastal Bangladesh: Challenges for sustainable livelihoods, Marine Policy, vol. 34, no. 2, pp. 218-227, doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2009.06.008.

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Title Prawn postlarvae fishing in coastal Bangladesh: Challenges for sustainable livelihoods
Author(s) Ahmed, NesarORCID iD for Ahmed, Nesar
Troell, Max
Allison, Edward H.
Muir, James F.
Journal name Marine Policy
Volume number 34
Issue number 2
Start page 218
End page 227
Total pages 10
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2010-03-01
ISSN 0308-597X
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Studies
International Relations
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
Summary Fishing for prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii) postlarvae is a major contributor to the livelihoods of the coastal poor in Bangladesh, including women. A study of coastal livelihoods along the lower Pasur River in southwest Bangladesh indicates that on average 40% of total annual income comes from postlarvae fishing during the few months involved. However, indiscriminate fishing of wild postlarvae, with high levels of by-catch, has an impact on biodiversity in coastal ecosystems. This has provoked imposition of restrictions on postlarvae collection. The ban has, however, not been firmly enforced because of the lack of alternative livelihoods for coastal poor. A conceptual framework, drawn from an approach to poverty reduction known as the sustainable livelihoods approach, is applied to understanding the role of prawn postlarvae fishing. Evidence from this study suggests that postlarvae fishers faced a number of livelihood constraints, including poor livelihood assets. This paper concludes that wider livelihood options need to be found for postlarvae fishers to support their livelihoods.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.marpol.2009.06.008
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 0502 Environmental Science and Management
1606 Political Science
1801 Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Elsevier
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