An Evaluation of the Digha Fishery in India

This project is supported by the Simmons College President’s Fund for Faculty Excellence and University of Nebraska -- Lincoln.

Zinnia Mukherjee Research 2

Towards a greater understanding of the economic and behavioral drivers of sustainable fisheries management: An evaluation of the Digha fishery, India

The Digha-Shankarpur fishery at the south of West Bengal, India, is the major fishery of the state and is the primary source of livelihood over 20,000 individuals. The fishing area, situated north of the Bay of Bengal and bordering Bangladesh and the Indian states West Bengal and Orissa, suffers from a number of problems that contribute to the rapidly deteriorating marine system. Many fishermen there are among the poorest in the country and the world. For example, securing two complete meals for their families and themselves is often very challenging. Through surveying the fishing community and analyzing the data, this project will identify the determinants of the Digha fishermen’s labor supply behavior, and the socio-economic and environmental factors that prevent fishers from escaping the poverty trap and threaten the sustainability of the ecosystem.