This study tries to discuss issues relating to both internal and external cost. Through information leaned from literature, onsite observation, and actual discussion with stakeholders, this study attempts to draw attention to the impacts of aquaculture on the environment, on the lives of the people dependent on these environments, and how aquaculture has impacted the social fabric at the site of production.

Here, we will direct our attention to two areas. In the first, we will be looking at West Bengal’s celebrated ‘Moyna model’, a production site known for its large-scale intensive aquaculture, which has lately become the mascot for the state government’s idealized portrayal of fisheries in the state. The second area is that of shrimp aquaculture—a major economic activity along the coastline of West Bengal.

The study also aims to bring out the economic, social, and ecological impact of freshwater aquaculture and shrimp culture on the larger environment and how far laws were being obeyed. It will also try and capture the conditions and role of the various stakeholders. In addition, more implicitly than explicitly, the reporting ought to reveal the areas in which actions appear necessary from the standpoint of environment and human rights.

With support from Debasis Shyamal and Mridul Ganguly


Author: Santanu Chacraverti, ICSF
ISBN: 978-93-80802-82-4
Year: 2022
language: English