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Learning by Doing in Bangladesh - Extension Systems Development for Coastal and Estuarine Fisherfolk Communities - BOBP/REP/65










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    Fisheries Extension Services in the Maldives - BOBP/REP/62 1994
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    This report describes the progress, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to give directions for the development of a fisheries extension service aimed at the artisanal fisherfolk of the Maldives. The subproject was cleared by the Government of Maldives (GOM) in December 1988 and was initiated in three target atolls - Meemu, Vaavu and Faafu - in April 1989. The subproject focused on building awareness among the fisherfolk and began a consultative process with them that wo uld pave the way for a community-based management of the country’s coral reef resources. The Bay of Bengal Programme’s involvement in the activities came to an end in December 1993 and the subproject was handed over to the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MOFA) of the Government of Maldives. MOFA was responsible for the extension component of the subproject. The Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) provided technical assistance, expertise, training inputs, support for training and some equi pment, besides monitoring the project’s progress. The Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP) is a multiagency regional fisheries programme which covers seven countries around the Bay of Bengal Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Shri Lanka and Thailand. The programme plays a catalytic and consultative role: it develops, demonstrates and promotes new technologies, methodologies and ideas to help improve the conditions of small-scale fisherfolk communities in member countries. The BOBP is sponsored by the governments of Denmark, Sweden and the United Kingdom, and also by UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). The main executing agency is the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations).
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    Fisheries Extension Services for Coastal Provinces: Learnings from a Project in Ranong, Thailand - BOBP/REP/68 1994
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    This report describes the process, achievements and learnings of a subproject which set out to develop a model for enabling integrated development in selected fishing communities in the Ranong Province of Thailand. While actually providing the services, it was intended to learn simultaneously about the approaches and methods of fisheries extension services that target small-scale fisherfolk communities in coastal provinces. The subproject was conceptualized late in 1985, towards the end of the f irst phase of the Bay of Bengal Programme (BOBP), and was to be implemented during the second phase of BOBP which started in 1987. Several preparatory exercises were undertaken during 1985 and 1986 and the implementation of the project initiated late in 1986. The subproject undertook several activities, including technology transfer in the areas of aquaculture and capture fisheries, it provided credit through revolving funds for various fisheries and nonfisheries activities, it promoted ski ll development among women in the hope of enhancing their incomes, it facilitated access to health education and healthcare in remote villages, it helped in the provision of nonformal education, and it enabled fishing communities to gain access to community development programmes of the Government. It even helped some of the villages to create some infrastructure. It finally spent time on trying to extract the learnings from its work and on sharing this learning with the Department of Fisheries (DOF). The Department of Fisheries of Thailand was responsible for the execution of the subproject, and it did so with the cooperation of the government departments responsible for healthcare, non-formal education, cooperatives and community development. The BOBP provided technical assistance, support for some additional staff, training, equipment, credit and monitoring.
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    The Socioeconomic Condition of The Estuarine Set Bagnet Fisherfolk in Bangladesh - BOBP/WP/90 1993
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    This working paper describes the socioeconomic survey of selected estuarine set bagnet (ESBN) fishing villages in Bangladesh. It deals with village profiles, households and population structured according to sex, age and education. The households have been stratified according to income-generating activities and income. Fishing households were stratified even further on the basis of the craft and gear combinations owned, owned and operated, or operated only and their income estimated on a monthl y basis. Variations in income within the community of ESBN fishermen and relative income from different sources are also discussed with opportunities for generating income from sources other than the ESBN fishery. The survey was based on a sampling of six villages, each one identified in each of the six strata into which the estuarine areas of Bangladesh was divided. This survey was conducted to obtain baseline socioeconomic parameters that are relevant to the management of the ESBN fisherie s and forms the input, along with the information on their fisheries interacting with it (BOBP/WP/89), for the ‘Biosocioeconomic assessment of the impact of estuarine set bagnet fisheries on other marine fisheries in Bangladesh’ (BOBP/REP/62).

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