Bob Pokrant

Bob Pokrant
Curtin University · Department of Social Sciences and Security Studies

BA, MA, PhD

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Coastal Bangladesh is experiencing the effects of weather and climate-related stressors. The paper reports on the ways in which members of nine occupational groups in two coastal villages in South-west Bangladesh understand and respond differentially to recent changes in local weather and weather-related events and processes. Their understanding is...
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Abstract One of the most significant changes in marine and coastal environments since the mid–twentieth century has been the growth of coastal shrimp aquaculture in many tropical and sub–tropical regions of the world. This chapter, which draws on the author’s own archival and field research and the published works of other students of the global sh...
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This chapter is concerned with the ways in which institutional change in the structure of artisanal fisheries in colonial South Asia affected the position of those engaged in the industry. It examines the ‘experiment’ undertaken in the coastal districts of Madras Presidency in specially-instituted Fish-Curing Yards (FCY). These yards were promoted...
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One of the most significant changes in marine and coastal environments since the mid–twentieth century has been the growth of coastal shrimp aquaculture in many tropical and sub–tropical regions of the world. This chapter, which draws on the author’s own archival and field research and the published works of other students of the global shrimp mark...
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Community-based studies are a central feature of current development and climate change research and planning in developing countries. In this chapter we reflect upon our engagement with place-based communities over two decades in rural Bangladesh. We draw upon several encounters with local communities to illustrate the relationship between communi...
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This chapter is concerned with the ways in which institutional change in the structure of artisanal fisheries in colonial South Asia affected the position of those engaged in the industry. It examines the ‘experiment’ undertaken in the coastal districts of Madras Presidency in specially-instituted Fish-Curing Yards (FCY). These yards were promoted...
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One of the key issues in Australia for sustainable management of the coastal zone is that the science of climate change has not been widely used by decision-makers to inform coastal governance. There exist opportunities to enhance the dialogue between knowledge-makers and decision-makers, and universities have a key role to play in researching and...
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The shrimp industry in Bangladesh experienced problems with international buyers resulting from serious deficiencies in infrastructure and hygiene standards in processing plants and other upstream activities and from inefficiencies in government and private quality control mechanisms. In 1997, the European Union imposed a ban on import fishery prod...
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The international expansion of the seafood industry over the past 50 years is part of a broader process of globalization of systems of food production, distribution and consumption. This expansion has been fuelled by a growth of consumption of seafood products in Japan, USA and the EU, increased exploitation of open capture fisheries, a rapid growt...
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A crucial aspect of globalization is the impact of international trade and global production networks on local business organizations, workers, and wider communities in which these activities are embed-ded. Conceptualizations of ‘community’ have always been subject to considerable debate in the social sciences, particularly in the disci-plines of a...
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This book considers the transformative impact of global trade and production networks on local economies, work and labour organization, and various forms and meanings of ‘community’. It examines the socio-economic transformation in Asia and the restructuring of manufacturing industries, ports and the information technology sector.
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Facing with strict rules and regulations by the importing countries pertaining to food safety and quality assurance, the shrimp processing industry of Bangladesh has kept pace with the latest technological and organizational requirements and has implemented GMP, Standard Sanitation Operating Procedure (SSOP), Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and...
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One hundred and two brackish water shrimp farms in Shyamnagar Upazila of Satkhira District, Bangladesh, were surveyed to study their costs and returns. Key data were collected, using a questionnaire survey from January to August 2002. Profitability of operations was affected by fluctuating yields and prices due to diseases, and generated economic r...
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In recent years there has been growing scholarly and public policy interest in the development of Bangladeshi export-oriented industries such as garments, seafood and leather. So far most attention has been paid to the garment sector, however. This paper will review and assess what we know about work and labour in the Bangladesh brackish-water shri...
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The Fisheries Act of 1875 altered the leasing arrangements for Burma's most valuable inland fisheries, the inn. It withdrew leases from the “innthugyis” who had traditionally handled these fisheries, and instituted a system of five-year auction leases. Expectations that local fishermen would secure these leases were never realised, and the fishing...
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Fishers and fishing have been part of the anthropological enterprise since the subject first emerged with the expansion of Europeans overseas from the 15th century onwards. Anthropology developed through encounters with other peoples and cultures associated. with journeys across uncharted waters and anthropology as the study of humanity...is as muc...

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Can you let me know what current activities are underway and what the project aims are?
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I am undertaking a study of socio-ecological change in East Pakistan/Bangladesh from 1950 to 2012.

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The aim of this project is to locate open capture and closed culture fishing within wider socio-ecological changes in selected regions of South Asia, with a focus on undivided Bengal, East Pakistan and Bangladesh. This project began in the 1990s when myself and the late Professors Peter Reeves and John McGuire (all of Curtin University, Australia) examined the colonial state and fisheries from 1795 to 1947. Several articles and book chapters were produced over a number of years. Another project I headed began in the early 2000s on shrimp production and export in Bangladesh resulting in several articles and publications. Pokrant became interested in the new subject of environmental history with a view to lining such an historical perspective with anthropology. While working in Bangladesh, I was greatly influenced by researchers at the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) who introduced me to the wider environmental and climate concerns of researchers and policy makers in the country. Initially, my focus was on climate change adaptation and development, and this remains central to my research interests. However, climate change is simply one element of a wider regional and global environmental transformation that has been given the name of the Anthropocene. I see the current project as an extension of the other projects mentioned earlier in which the aim is to link open and closed culture fisheries to development planning and climate policy. I am now an officially retired Professor of Anthropology but I retain a formal affiliation with Curtin University and several collaborative links with colleagues in Bangladesh. Thus, I regard this project as an attempt to draw together what we know on socio-ecological change in Bengal/West Bengal/Bangladesh with particular reference to fisheries. It also seeks to address contemporary concerns on the direction of development planning and policy in the light of current concerns over climate change. The empirical emphasis is on fisheries but as part of wider socio-ecological changes in the region.