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Beel Fisheries of Assam: Community-based Co-management Imperative

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Type: Journal Article
Author: Baruah, U. K.; Bhagowati, A. K.; Talukdar, R. K.; Saharia, P. K.
Journal: NAGA, WorldFish Center Quarterly
Volume: 23
Date: 2000
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2832
Sector: Social Organization
Region: Middle East & South Asia
Subject(s): fisheries
Abstract: "The freshwater wetlands (beels) of Assam, India, cover an area of 101 232 ha. For the rural poor, the neighboring wetlands are the only source of fish. They depend on them for their daily consumption of fish as well as a source of livelihood. Ecoenergy studies indicate that these wetlands have a fairly high production potential. However, the current regulations and system of management are not conducive to sustainable production from these water bodies. It is resulting in overexploitation and degradation. It is imperative some form of co-management with local communities be established for the beels of Assam."

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