Community-based fish culture in seasonal floodplains

Dey, M.M. and Prein, M. (2006) Community-based fish culture in seasonal floodplains. Naga, Worldfish Center Quarterly, 29(1-2), pp. 21-27.

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During the rainy season in extensive river floodplains and deltaic lowlands, floods render the land unavailable for crop production for several months each year. These waters are considerably underutilized in terms of managed aquatic productivity. This raises the opportunity to enclose parts of these floodwater areas to produce a crop of specifically stocked aquatic organisms aside from the naturally occurring ‘wild’ species that are traditionally fished and are not affected by the culture activity, resulting in more high-quality, nutrient-dense food production and enhanced farm income for all stakeholders, notably the poor. The WorldFish Center and its national partners recently tested the concurrent rice-fish culture in the shallower flooded areas and the alternating rice-fish culture in the deep-flooded areas of Bangladesh and Viet Nam through a community-based management system. Results indicate that community-based fish culture in rice fields can increase fish production by about 600 kg/ha/year in shallow flooded areas and up to 1.5 t/ha/year in deep-flooded areas, without a reduction in the rice yield or wild fish catch.

Item Type: Article
Title: Community-based fish culture in seasonal floodplains
Personal Creator/Author:
Dey, M.M.
Prein, M.
Journal or Publication Title: Naga, Worldfish Center Quarterly
Volume: 29
Number: 1-2
Page Range: pp. 21-27
Date: 2006
ISSN: 1511-8533
Issuing Agency: WorldFish Center
Uncontrolled Keywords: Flood plains; Rice field aquaculture; Bangladesh; Vietnam
Subjects: Aquaculture
Item ID: 9159
Depositing User: Mr William Ko
Date Deposited: 28 Nov 2012 07:30
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2012 07:30

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