ISSF: Small-scale Fishery Profile - Beledanga

SSF Profile

Beledanga | 2017 - 2021
Fishery name Beledanga
SSF Defined? Not explicitly
SSF Definition (if applicable)
Data time frame 2017 - 2021
Contributor Staff (ISSF Staff)
Contribution date 04/21/2021
Geographic Scope
Local Beledanga, WestBengal Rural, developed India
Main Characteristics
Name Value Units
SSF type(s): Subsistence
Ecosystem type(s): Freshwater
Ecosystem detailed type(s): Other: Flood plain Wetlands and Reservoirs
Term(s) used to refer to SSF: Artisanal
Main gear type(s): Falling gear (cast nets)
Gillnets and entangling nets
Hooks and lines
Lift nets
Surrounding nets
Other: Drag nets
Main SSF vessel type(s): Wooden
Average length of SSF vessel: 3-4 Metres
Typical engine size (HP): 0 Horsepower
Typical number of crew: 1-2 Crew members
Number of day fishing per year: 70-100 Days per year fishing
Total number of SS fishers: 176 Fishers
Percent of SS fishers full-time: 60 Percent
Percent of SS fishers women: 5 Percent
Total number of households in the location: 350 Households
Percent of households participating in SSF: 40 Percent
Percent of household income from SSF (harvest and post-harvest: 50 Percent
Post-harvest activity(ies) in the location: Marketing/trading
Percent of women in post-harvest: Percent
Percent of children in post-harvest: Percent
Percent of total income or GDP in the location coming from SSF: Percent
Other non-fishing livelihood activities SS fishing people participate in: Farming/cultivation (rice, cassava, corn, vegetables, etc.)
Animal/livestock husbandry
Small trade
Small own-business
Wage/hired labour
SSF market and distribution channel(s): Retained for household consumption and given to family/friends - 20 Percent
Sold in local markets - 20 Percent
Sold to outside markets - 60 Percent
Number of years SSF have existed in the location: More than 100 years
How are SS fishers regarded by other members of society? Poorly (fishers are not at all recognized for their contributions to the society)
Is fishing considered (by SS fishers) an occupation of last resort? Yes
Governance mode(s) in SSF: Community-based management
Top-down/hierarchical governance
Property rights held by SS fishers: Collective/communal
Access held by SS fishers: Secured
Key rules, regulations, instruments and measures used to manage SSF: License/permit
Seasonal closure
Gear restriction
Taxes and resource rental charges
Major concerns/issues affecting SSF (which make them vulnerable or threaten their viability: Ecosystem health (resource/environmental degradation, bycatch, destructive fishing practices, etc.)
Social justice (access, rights, fairness, equity, displacement, power, etc.)
Livelihoods (viability, wellbeing, health, etc.)
Markets (access, price, monopoly, etc.)
Climate/environmental changes
Land-based pollution, coastal erosion
Poor governance (lack of accountability, transparency, rules of law, etc.)
Stakeholder conflicts (between different resource users and interest groups, including conservation and tourism)

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