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Bangladesh: 80pc marine fishers don’t have enough safety equipment April 08,2021   |  Source: The Daily Star

Speakers at a virtual discussion yesterday underscored the need for providing technological, financial and educational support to those working in artisanal marine fisheries to ensure their human rights and enrich their livelihoods. Pointing out the contribution of coastal areas' fisher folks who risk their lives to provide highly nutritious seafood to the market, the speakers called for recognition of people employed in the small-scale coastal fisheries sector as labour force by amending the Bangladesh Labour Act 2006. They made the remarks at a virtual discussion titled "Sector-wide impact assessment (SWIA) of artisanal marine fisheries sector of Bangladesh" organised by Mansher Jonno Foundation (MJF) and The Daily Star. The SWIA was carried out between September 2018 and March 2021 under a project of the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) and MJF. The assessment -- consisting of a survey, focus group discussions, interviews and analyses -- was carried out among 1,400 men and 600 women in Cox's Bazar and Barguna. Brief findings along with some recommendations were presented in the discussion.

"About 80 percent fishermen feel they have insufficient safety equipment on board and half of the fishermen said there is no warning system that reached them at sea," reads the

 

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