Inland (floodplain) fisheries remain the most important contributor to fish production in Bangladesh. In the past they have been administered to generate government revenue without due concern for sustainability or poor users. A possible solution to empowering fishing communities, and improving the sustainability of management is Community Based Fisheries Management (CBFM). Experience from 19 rivers and beels during 1996-2000 and an expansion to over 100 waterbodies in 2001-2003 is summarised.
The aim of this briefing is to present concisely lessons from Community Based Fisheries Management (CBFM) project experience that may help when planning and undertaking similar initiatives to support community management of fisheries in Bangladesh or elsewhere.
Thompson, P. Lessons from community based fisheries management in Bangladesh: Briefing Paper. WorldFish Center, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2004) 22 pp.