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Understanding Livelihood Characteristics and Vulnerabilities of Small-scale Fishers in Coastal Bangladesh | Abstract
Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development

Journal of Aquaculture Research & Development
Open Access

ISSN: 2155-9546

44-7723-850004

Abstract

Understanding Livelihood Characteristics and Vulnerabilities of Small-scale Fishers in Coastal Bangladesh

Atiqur Rahman Sunny, Shamsul Haque Prodhan, Md. Ashrafuzzaman, Golam Shakil Ahamed, Sharif Ahmed Sazzad, Mahmudul Hasan Mithun, K.M. Nadim Haider, Md Tariqul Alam

Small-scale fishers are considered one of the most vulnerable communities in Bangladesh but very few studies focused on the livelihood sustainability and vulnerabilities of this professional-group. Fieldwork in lower Padma and upper Meghna hilsa sanctuaries identifies different livelihood characters and the fishers' vulnerabilities. A conceptual framework known as Sustainable Livelihood Approaches (SLA) has been introduced to analyses the qualitative and quantitative data. The insights of the livelihood strategies provide on small-scale fishers and fisheries management have been explained and explored. Fishers are found solely dependent on fishing, economically insolvent, and neglected. Besides, some socio-economic abstractions such as low income, credit insolvency, lack of substitute earning flexibility make them more vulnerable. Several effective suggestions are elicited from fishers’ perceptions, the implementation of which is crucial to ensure livelihood sustainability of the small-scale fishers.

Published Date: 2021-05-20; Received Date: 2021-02-09

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