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Leave no one behind: Power and profits in hilsa fishery in Bangladesh: a value chain analysis
Bangladesh has seen a recovery in stocks of its national fish, the once-plentiful hilsa, since the government introduced measures to protect it in 2003. The most important of these is a seasonal fishing ban during key stages of fish development, with food compensation for affected fisher families. While the conservation measures affect first and foremost the fishers who catch hilsa, there are implications on actors across the whole value chain – such as intermediaries, traders and service providers. What are the impacts on each link in the chain – who gains and who loses? This paper aims to unpack systemic constraints along the hilsa supply chain and to inform policymakers on how the ‘leave no one behind’ agenda may be achieved.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that hilsa fishery is a highly valuable asset to the economy of Bangladesh, and the use of economic incentives to manage the fishery has had positive social and ecological outcomes. This project aims to provide evidence by estimating the economic value of hilsa fishery and rigorously assessing the impact of the economic incentive mechanism.
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