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Issue No.62
  • :0973-1156
  • :December
  • :2020

Yemaya Newsletter on Gender and Fisheries, Issue No. 62, December 2020

ASIA / Bangladesh

Making women in fishing visible

A recent study reveals that women in Bangladesh’s coastal fishing continue to remain largely unrecognized, and that urgent steps are needed to rectify this situation

By Md.Mujibul Haque Munir (, Joint Director, COAST Trust, Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the world’s leading fish producing countries, with a total production of 42.77 lakh MT in the year 2017-18. Aquaculture contributes 56.24 per cent of the total fish production. The average growth in this sector has been 5.26 per cent for the last ten years. The rate of growth in fish production is in conformity with the government’s targets of Vision-2021. According to the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2020, Bangladesh ranked third in inland open water capture production and fifth in world aquaculture production.

Around 10 to 12 per cent of those employed in fisheries in Bangladesh are women. Aquaculture alone employs more than 3 million fishers, 60 per cent of whom are women. In the rural and coastal areas, 30 per cent of all women are directly or indirectly engaged in