Socio-Economic Characteristics and Fishing Operation Activities of the Artisanal Fishers in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh

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Mozumder , M M H , Shamsuzzaman , M M , Rashed-Un-Nabi , M & Harun-Al-Rashid , A 2018 , ' Socio-Economic Characteristics and Fishing Operation Activities of the Artisanal Fishers in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh ' , Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences , vol. 18 , no. 6 , pp. 789-799 . https://doi.org/10.4194/1303-2712-v18_6_05

Title: Socio-Economic Characteristics and Fishing Operation Activities of the Artisanal Fishers in the Sundarbans Mangrove Forest, Bangladesh
Author: Mozumder, Mohammad Mojibul Hoque; Shamsuzzaman, Md. Mostafa; Rashed-Un-Nabi, Md.; Harun-Al-Rashid, Ahmed
Contributor organization: Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences
Date: 2018-06
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
ISSN: 1303-2712
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4194/1303-2712-v18_6_05
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/238416
Abstract: The Sundarbans Mangrove Forest (SMF) is a complex ecosystem containing the most diverse and abundant natural resources of Bangladesh. The research was designed to investigate the socio-economic characteristics and fishing operation activities of the artisanal fishers in the SMF through case studies. Despite the great importance of mangroves in the livelihood of the artisanal fishermen in the SMF, deforestation is perceived to continue due to illegal logging and deterioration of mangroves for climate change, increased salinity, natural disasters, shrimp farming and household consumption. The consequences are depleted fish and fishery resources, changes in fisher's primary occupation and livelihood status. The present study also elicited several risks and shocks of the fishermen livelihood like the attack by dacoits, hostage, ransom, and attack by tigers, natural disasters, river bank erosion. However, the artisanal fishermen adopted different strategies to cope with the changing conditions by forming associations, violating the fisheries laws and regulations, migrating, sharing responsibilities with the household members, and transmitting local ecological knowledge. This study concludes that there is an urgency to update the existing policies and management issues for the sustainable extraction of the SMF resources for the improvement of the artisanal fishermen livelihood.
Subject: 1172 Environmental sciences
512 Business and Management
The Sundarbans Mangro ve Forest
artisanal fishery
fishing operations
socio-economic condition
SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES
SHRIMP CULTURE
COASTAL
MANAG EMENT
ECOSYSTEM
VULNERABILITY
EXPLOITATION
IMPACTS
BIODIVERSITY
CONSERVATION
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: other
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: publishedVersion


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