Current status and barriers to fisheries comanagement: Evidences from an Oxbow lake of Bangladesh

  • Md Monirul Islam Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Chandan Kar Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Goutam Kumar Kundu Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Gouri Mondal Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
  • Mohammad Shahneawz Khan Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000
Keywords: Community, Biodiversity, Poverty, Equity, Bangladesh, Baor, CBFM

Abstract

Co-management of common property aquatic habitats are increasingly implemented with a view to increasing fish production, ensuring fishers’ rights and to conserve biodiversity. This study investigates the current status and identifies barriers to fisheries management in an oxbow lake (baor) at Jessore district, Bangladesh. Using interviews, focus group discussions and secondary data, this study revealed that both capture and culture fisheries are practised at the same time at the same water-body. As the wetland was used solely for capture fisheries before, the introduction of aquaculture practice has increased the total fish production and income for some people. However, it has reduced the access to poor fishers and fish biodiversity. Particularly the biodiversity of Channa sp, Puntius sp, Mastacembelus sp, Mystus sp, and Colisa fasciatus has been reduced. A range of climatic, institutional, economic and social barriers have facilitated the reduced access of poor fishers and biodiversity. To overcome the barriers and ensure sustainable management of the baor this study proposes to implement a fair leasing system, increase financial and human resources together with an ecosystem-based approach to baor management.

Bangladesh J. Zool. 46(2): 105-116, 2018

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Author Biographies

Md Monirul Islam, Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Fisheries

Chandan Kar, Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Fisheries

Goutam Kumar Kundu, Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Fisheries

Gouri Mondal, Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Fisheries

Mohammad Shahneawz Khan, Department of Fisheries, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000

Department of Fisheries

Published
2018-12-01
How to Cite
Islam, M. M., Kar, C., Kundu, G., Mondal, G., & Khan, M. S. (2018). Current status and barriers to fisheries comanagement: Evidences from an Oxbow lake of Bangladesh. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 46(2), 105-116. https://doi.org/10.3329/bjz.v46i2.39044
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