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Evaluation of the biological and socio-economic benefits of enhancement of floodplain fisheries

Project Title:   Evaluation of the biological and socio-economic benefits of enhancement of floodplain fisheries
Type of Project Fisheries research
Duration:   February 1996-January 1997
Status:   Completed
Partner Organizations:   MRAG-UK, BCAS
Key words: Floodplain fisheries, Fish stock enhancement, Review, Institutional strategy.
Main Objective:   The project was a desk-based review of large scale enhancement projects, most of which had been carried out on Bangladesh floodplains. The objective was to draw together the lessons, both technical and institutional, of these projects and therefore improve the planning and implementation of future stocking programmes.
Brief Description: The project reviewed in the most detail was stock enhancement component of the Third Fisheries Project in Bangladesh. This was based in Western Bangladesh, with floodplains in three divisions (Rajshahi, Dhaka, Khulna) being stocked. The review also included a range of other enhancement projects based in Asia: The Second Aquaculture Project (floodplains in Northeast Bangladesh); Oxbow Lakes Small Scale Fishermen Project (oxbow lakes in Southwest Bangladesh); A Series of Research Projects in Asian Small Reservoir Fisheries (small reservoirs in Thailand, India, China, Lao PDR); Indo-German Reservoir Fisheries Development Project in Kerala, India (Reservoirs in India); and, community-based Fisheries Management and Habitat Restoration (Central Bangladesh).
Output The key lessons were discussed under two headings: institutional and technical. It is significant that the technical problems of most of the projects were largely solved, while institutional issues continued to challenge many of the projects reviewed.
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