Supply Chain Management
Developing a Sustainable Coastal Aquaculture Value Chain for the Rural Communities of Bangladesh

Article Details
Pub. Date :March 2022
Product Name : The IUP Journal of Supply Chain Management
Product Type : Article
Product Code : IJSCM010322
Author Name : Prabal Barua, Md. Mazharul Islam and Anisa Mitra
Availability : YES
Subject/Domain : Strategic
Download Format : PDF Format
No. of Pages : 38



Over the last three decades, aquaculture production and technologies for culture system upgradation have become a revolutionary development in Bangladesh, especially in the coastal areas. The study was conducted to assess aquaculture development along with sustainable value chain for aquaculture business purposes in the southern coast of Bangladesh. The authors found that small-scale aquaculture and inland fisheries sector in the study areas is facing some environmental, technological and socioeconomic challenges that may lead to production failures and make it unstable in the near future. Additionally, farmraised fish quality and their safety for human consumption are becoming a serious concern to local and international food markets. These challenges could have severe impacts on earnings and the rural economy of the southern coast of Bangladesh. To overcome the challenges, sustainable and environment-friendly aquaculture practices are required to be taken up to maximize environmental and economic sustainability and reduce the likelihood of outbreak of diseases in the aquaculture farms. However, adopting Good Aquaculture Practices (GAPs) requires a combination of strategies and policies. A top-down and bottomup holistic approach to aquaculture planning and management may help to sustain this sector.


Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food-production technology that contributes to food security directly through consumption or indirectly as a source of income for many countries in the world. Sustainable aquaculture has become a successful revitalizing economic force in a number of underprivileged rural and coastal areas where sustainable economic development is often difficult (Davenport et al., 2003; and FAO, 2018). It incorporates both spatial and temporal dimensions of environmental, economic and social parameters that not only maximize economic benefits, but also minimize accumulation of detriments, and other types of negative impacts on the natural and social environment.