Future of the shrimp industry in Bangladesh

Fresh Common Shrimp & Prawn
Published Aug 31, 2022

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The Bangladeshi shrimp sector enables livelihood opportunities for millions of people residing in the southern part of the country.

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In the early 1970s, the beginning of commercial shrimp farming started in Bangladesh with 9 fish processing plants being set up in Chittagong and Khulna and that gave rise to the present export-oriented shrimp industry. Since then, commercial shrimp farming slowly started to gain popularity in the coastal regions, but it only dramatically escalated in the early 1980s, which earned it the term ‘Blue Revolution’. The journey of the shrimp sector of Bangladesh can be further classified into four broader segments, they are: In the early days, shrimp aquaculture was governed by a complex system of political patronage consisting of powerful local officials, who were lured into the sector by the prospect of short-term profits. They would frequently extrude marginal fish farmers from their land, convert regions of the Sundarbans mangrove forest into shrimp farms and confiscate government-owned lands. These frequent exploitation of power and malpractices in shrimp production, which further ...
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