Traditional community fishing practices of rural Kamrup of Assam

Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Volume 21(1): 7-17
Aquaculture Asia Magazine, Volume 21(1): 7-17

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.


Publisher: Network of Aquaculture Centres in Asia-Pacific

Rights: Creative Commons Attribution.


Aquaculture Asia Magazine, January-March 2017

In this issue:

Anti-microbial resistance in aquaculture; participatory market chain approaches to boost fish nurseries; traditional community fishing practices of rural Assam; practical significance of restricted feeding regimes in aquaculture; Bangana dero: A potential indigenous fish species for diversification of carp culture; shell colour variation in farmed Litopenaeus vannamei: Comparison of white- and brown-shelled shrimp; culture-based fisheries: A low-tech, greenhouse friendly approach to improving food and income for Cambodian families.