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International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2017, Vol. 5, Issue 2, Part C

Livelihood Strategies of Riverine Fishing Communities of the River Padma near Rajshahi City Corporation


Author(s): Sarmin Akther, Sankar Gobinda Saha, Akther Hossain and M Nazrul Islam

Abstract: The livelihood status of the fishermen community of the river Padma was conducted in three villages (Ponchobatee, Shekherchalk and Mohoder para) for a period of six months (January 2006 to June 2006) adjacent to the bank of the river Padma near Rajshahi City. It covered the main fishing communities of the riverside villages of Rajshahi City Corporation. Data were collected through personal visit and interviews following a detailed questionnaire. Data were collected from both individual and group interviews through random selection. The survey was conducted on 100 fishermen of three selected villages in the study areas. There are three methods were used interview with specific questionnaires, direct observations and uses of PRA tools regarding the fisher’s information. Interviews were conducted directly from fishing villages, riverside areas and on spot of fishing boats. Livelihood status and strategies of riverine fishermen were presented in terms of age, religion, sex, family size, education, assets, household income and expenditure, health care and sanitation practice etc. It was found that cent percent of the fishermen were male and majority of them were Muslim (70%). Among the fishermen 77% were married, 43% were illiterate and 57% were literate at various stages of education. The population per household was 7.66 and sex ratio was 1:0.74. Among the children of the fishermen 73% were school going but school drop-out rate was very high due to early involvement in their father’s occupation. Most of the fishermen lived in their own houses but home stead land was only 1-5 decimal, 80% of fishers used electricity, 93% fishermen were full time and the rest of the fishermen having subsidiary occupations. The majority (80%) of fishermen performed their fishing activities with other fishermen while remaining of the fishers used to catch fish with their family members. It was also found that 37.5% were involved in rickshaw pulling during lean season. Fishermen earned average Tk 100-150 per day and they were found to face various problems such as economical, nutritional, educational which were identified during the study period.

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How to cite this article:
Sarmin Akther, Sankar Gobinda Saha, Akther Hossain, M Nazrul Islam. Livelihood Strategies of Riverine Fishing Communities of the River Padma near Rajshahi City Corporation. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2017;5(2):195-199.
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