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Fisheries in the Context of Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: COVID-19 Impacts and Future Prospects

Version 1 : Received: 20 April 2021 / Approved: 20 April 2021 / Online: 20 April 2021 (14:12:18 CEST)

How to cite: Sunny, A.R.; Prodhan, S.H.; Ashrafuzzaman, M.; Mithun, M.H.; Hussain, M.; Alam, M.T.; Rashid, A.; Hossain, M.M. Fisheries in the Context of Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: COVID-19 Impacts and Future Prospects . Preprints 2021, 2021040549 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0549.v1). Sunny, A.R.; Prodhan, S.H.; Ashrafuzzaman, M.; Mithun, M.H.; Hussain, M.; Alam, M.T.; Rashid, A.; Hossain, M.M. Fisheries in the Context of Attaining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh: COVID-19 Impacts and Future Prospects . Preprints 2021, 2021040549 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0549.v1).

Abstract

Bangladesh has achieved tremendous progress in the fisheries sector that is making evidential contribution to food security, nutrition and livelihoods. Based on secondary data collected from the Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh and related un-published grey literature, this paper highlights the performance and challenges of the fisheries with emphasis on COVID-19 impact as well as the significance of this sector for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The total fish production is increased more than six times over the last three decades (7.54 to 43.84 lakh MT) due to the dissemination of improved culture techniques and extension services. Inland closed water contributions have been increasing to 16.24%, while inland open water have declined 10.23% and marine fisheries have dropped 6.27% over the past 18 financial years (2000-2001 to 2018-2019). COVID-19, a major health crisis has also affects various issues associated with aquatic resources and communities. Transportation obstacles and complexity in the food supply, abstraction to start production, labour crisis, sudden illness, poor consumer demand, commodity price hike, creditor's pressure and reduced income were identified as affecting COVID-19 drivers. The combined effect of these drivers poses a significant threat to people’s income (SDG1- eliminate poverty), nutrition (SDG2- erase hunger), food security (SDG3- good health and wellbeing, and SDG12- responsible consumption and production) that demands comprehensive actions. Several recommendations have been elicited, which are important to implement for the achievement of SDGs as well management and imprvement of the aquatic sector (SDG14- life below and SDG16- life above water) .

Subject Areas

Fisheries; Aquaculture; Food security; SDGs; COVID-19; Bangladesh

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