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Prospects and challenges of kattudel fishery : an ancient fishing technique in Sri Lanka

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  • Kattudel or stake net fishery is an ancient (from early 1950s) lagoon fishing technique in many regions of Sri Lanka. It drags special attention due to the absence of open access nature. The fishery is regulated by kattudel association stemming from the Catholic Church. In fact, the fishery has its own distinguished features. Hence, this study attempts to highlight some prospects and challenges veiled around kattudel fishery in Western and North - Western provinces of Sri Lanka. Usually, the kattudel lay towards the sea, 30 _ 40 m distance from the estuary in the lagoon. The targeted species are prawns, crabs, and lobsters. The fishery is benefited by the government with fishing equipment and credits by means of a gazette announcement. Younger generation_s hesitation to enter the fishery demarcates the major problem. At present, there_s only 4-6% involve with this fishery. The lower level of supply does not suffice the existing demand, which brings slightly higher prices than for other fishers. Moreover, they do not experience any marketing problems. The marketing chain has been intervened by Ceylon fisheries corporation in order to motivate and to offer the best price. The SWOT analysis reveals a vivid picture about the potentiality of the fishery. The kattudel association plays the key role for the sustenance of the fishery, even though it meets numerous bottle necks for development. Moreover, the fishery demonstrates sustainable strategies that would be valuable lessons for other fisheries as well. In fact, kattudel fishery is a fishing technique, which is on the door step of extinction with golden management tips towards sustainability, showing a high potential to success.
  • KEYWORDS: Kattudel association, SWOT analysis, Sri Lanka, Sustainability, Fisheries economics, Kattudel fishery
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  • Koralagama, Dilanthi and Pubudu Koralagama. 2008. Prospects and challenges of kattudel fishery : an ancient fishing technique in Sri Lanka. 11 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fourteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 22-25, 2008, Nha Trang, Vietnam: Achieving a Sustainable Future: Managing Aquaculture, Fishing, Trade and Development. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2008.
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  • US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Division, The Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada; Aquaculture CRSP and AquaFish CRSP; Minh Phu Seafood Corporation; Vietnam Datacommunication Company (VDC); Camau Frozen Seafood Processing Import Export Corporation (Camimex); Long Sinh Limited Company; Mai Linh Group and Nam Viet Corporation.
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