This report describes the results of the first of two field-based case study components of a project to enable the better management and appropriate development of artisanal fisheries, by developing and testing a generic fisheries information management system (FIMS), which was conducted in Bangladesh between March and April 1999. Following a summary and an introductory section, the report is divided in 5 main chapters and 14 Annexes. Chapter 3 provides some basic background on the country and its fisheries. Chapter 4 reviews the management of the fisheries including institutional arrangements, management objectives and instruments, access rights and the legal framework, technical conservation measures, new management policies including comanagement, and an outline of the main activities of the forthcoming Fourth Fisheries Project. Chapter 5 describes obstacles experienced during the fieldwork to achieve a fundamental objective of the field study - identifying government data and information requirements. Based upon the information reviewed in Chapters 3 and 4 and assumptions regarding roles and responsibilities of the DoF and fishing communities, basic data and information requirements are identified in Chapter 6. This chapter also contains reviews of the existing sampling methodologies and frame surveys, the database and data structures. The final Chapter 7 describes the synthesis of community management objectives and data and information requirements from a combination of literature reviews, discussions with NGOs and field appraisals.
Marine Resources Assessment Group Ltd., Fisheries Management Science Programme, Department for International Development, London, UK, 343 pp.