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Bangladesh: Reaping blue economy benefits: Supporting coastal fishing communities essential July 24,2020   |  Source: The Financial Express

Fish is an integral part of food habit of people in Bangladesh. About 19 million people are directly and indirectly involved in this sector. Contribution of the fisheries sector to the national GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is 3.57 per cent. Fish production in Bangladesh reached 4.3 million tonnes in 2019, which is about a six-time increase from 1980, whereas the country’s population increased a little over two times during this period.

Bangladesh has always abounded with inland capture fisheries and different aquatic fauna and flora, and until 1960, those were enough to meet the daily needs of domestic protein and other necessities. At present, about 260 fish species of different sizes, color and taste from darkina to rohu and about 34 species of chingri from gurachingri to goldachingri are available in the country. But fish biodiversity and its production from inland capture fisheries have witnessed a serious decline, with efforts in rice production and construction of flood control, drainage and irrigations projects (FCD & FCDI) intensifying around the country.

In the 1960s, Bangladesh gradually stepped into pond aquaculture through a collection of carp seeds from large rivers. Later by means of a decade of dedicated efforts, including recruitment of a large number of

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