Fishers’ perceptions of the performance of hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) sanctuaries in Bangladesh
Authors: Mohammad Mahmudul Islam, Naimul Islam, Atiqur Rahman Sunny, Svein Jentoft,
Md Hadayet Ullah, and S.M. Sharifuzzaman
The article, “Fishers’ perceptions of the performance of hilsa shad (Tenualosailisha) sanctuaries in Bangladesh” uses socioeconomic and biological indicators to investigate the perceptions of fishers towards sanctuaries that were established in the rivers of Meghna and Padma and in inshore waters of Bangladesh since 2005 to protect the declining hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) populations. The authors describe a sanctuary as a specific form of protected area and consider them to be an important management measure for the conservation and management of fisheries resources.
Both qualitative and quantitative data were collected from six communities adjacent to five hilsa sanctuaries and then analyzed to know the socioeconomic profile of fishers as well as their perceptions of the performance of sanctuaries.