Sustainable aquaculture and aquatic resources management

Traditional community fishing practices of rural Kamrup of Assam

Author(s): Deepjyoti Baruah | Published: 7/4/2017 | 62 views | Gender, India, Livelihoods

Community fishing is a unique feature in the state of Assam of north eastern part of India. Here, fishing is done in groups of hundreds of people and thus the name. The present case study narrates a community fishing event in the floodplain wetlands (beels) of Kamrup District in Assam, India, witnessing participation of different tribal communities in fishing and the modus operandi of diverse types of fishing gears with catch details. Technical specifications of the different types of gears employed were collected from the direct observation following a prescheduled proforma. The design details of the gear were documented and the photographs of different gears were prepared and gear categorisation is presented based on the FAO catalogue of Fishing Gear Designs. The communal fishing practices of local communities are described along with the respective roles of men and women.

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