Rice-fish systems are common in many South and Southeast Asian countries as well as some areas of Africa. A week-long visit to Bangladesh by delegation from Cambodia offered participants opportunity to share challenges and successes around these systems.
The dual-objective project, funded and conducted in collaboration with FAO, first focuses on reviewing current approaches and outcomes that have been facilitated through co-management governance strategies in Asia. Substantial investments have been made in co-management of small-scale fisheries (SSFs), and in the first activity we will review co-management in the region using peer reviewed and grey literature. The project’s major activity is to examine how co-management has been undertaken and what has been achieved in particular cases (we will apply a case study approach) in a way that can strengthen future investments in co-management. Secondly, this project responds to a request from the Asia-Pacific Fisheries Commission asking for information to support decision-making and strategic planning in the use, development and governance of information communication technologies (ICTs) in SSFs in the region. We will make a preliminary assessment of the ways ICTs have been used, including outcomes and potential unintended consequences. Then through events, we will facilitate sharing of experiences with ICTs for SSFs in the region and beyond. These two reviews will produce valuable information products to fisheries decision-makers working in Asia.
Nutrient-rich small fish such as the Mekong flying barb, yellow tail rasbora, and slender rasbora are abundant in the flooded rice fields, rivers and streams that cover the Cambodian countryside.
But a common perception among households, 80% of whom engage in fishing, is that these wild-caught fish are most useful for feeding to pigs, ducks and chickens.
“My household would catch small fish from rice fields, canals, streams, lakes, and ponds, but we’d rarely eat them,” explains Chum Dany from Aren village, Pursat province.