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Issue No:85
  • :0976 1121
  • :May
  • :2021

Samudra Report No.85, May 2021


Bangladesh / Social Development

Increasingly Vulnerable

A study has come up with specific recommendations for the development and welfare of the fisheries sector and its small-scale fisher communities in Bangladesh, the ‘Land of Rivers’

This article is by Md.Mujibul Haque Munir (, Joint Director, COAST Trust, Bangladesh

With 230 rivers coursing through the country, Bangladesh is called the ‘Land of Rivers’. It also has the world’s largest flooded wetland. Rivers and water resources have made Bangladesh one of the world’s leading fish-producing countries with a total production of 4.27 mn metric tonnes (MT) in 2017-18. The fisheries sector contributes 3.57 per cent to the national gross domestic product (GDP), 25.30 per cent to the agricultural GDP, and provides a 60 per cent share of animal protein. About 18.5 mn people are directly involved in this sector, of whom about 10-12 per cent are women.

A study was recently carried out with the backing of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers (ICSF). Titled ‘Bangladesh: Social Development and Sustainable Fisheries’, its objective was to discuss the overall fisheries sector of Bangladesh, bringing out some social-development issues of the country’s fishers’...

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