Demographic features of aquarium shopkeepers and users in Sylhet division of Bangladesh

MS Uddin, R Akter*, MS Islam, FK Chadnee
Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University, Volume 6, Issue 1 and 2, 2019, Pages 71-78

Abstract:

The present study was conducted on demographic features of aquarium shopkeepers and users in Sylhet division for a period of six months from December 2017 to June 2018. In Sylhet division, eight upazilas were selected from four districts for data collection. In the Sylhet division, 11 aquarium shopkeepers, 14 aquarium users and 14 other stakeholders were interviewed through questionnaire. Upazilas were Sylhet sadar and Gulapganj from Sylhet district, Sunamganj sadar and South Sunamganj from Sunamganj district, Moulvibazar sadar and Sreemongal from Moulvibazar district and Habiganj sadar and Madhabpur from Habiganj district. Among four districts, Sylhet district had higher number of aquarium shops where Sunamganj district had no aquarium shop and Habiganj and Moulvibazar district had very few number of aquarium shops. In the present study it was found that 36.36% shopkeepers were in the age group of 20 to 30 years and 50% users were in the age group of 20 to 30 years. Around 27.27% shopkeepers were found having experience in aquarium trade for less than 5 years, 36.36% shop keepers were having more than 5 to 10 years and 36.36% shopkeepers were having more than 10 years experiences in this business. Most of the users (60%) was kept aquarium for decoration, 27% hobbyist and 13% customers maintain the aquarium for entertainment. Collected data indicated that nearly 26 fish species were available in Sylhet division. Fish in Sylhet district was higher in number than other districts. All species were exotic except one native species. There was no local aquarium fish hatchery in the study area. Feed used in aquarium were imported from foreign countries such as Thailand, China, Malaysia etc. The price of a pair of aquarium fishes in Sylhet ranged within BDT 50 to 1500. The highest retail price was found for discus fish (1500 BDT per pair) followed by red parrot (1000 BDT per pair) and oscar (650 BDT per pair).

Keywords:

Aquarium, ornamental fish, feed, demographic features of aquarium shopkeepers and users, status, Sylhet division


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MS Uddin, R Akter*, MS Islam, FK Chadnee. 2019. Demographic features of aquarium shopkeepers and users in Sylhet division of Bangladesh, Journal of the Sylhet Agricultural University 6(1 and 2): 71-78.