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Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)

USAID/Bangladesh's Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD) project combats coastal/estuarine illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and strengthens the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments.

WorldFish, USAID and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) have come together to support the country’s coastal fishing communities and improve food security through research-led fisheries management initiatives. The project seeks to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women, to extract maximum benefit from coastal environments using sustainable best practices and to mitigate the adverse affects of climate change. It will work closely with small-scale artisanal catch fisheries that target hilsa shad, the national fish of Bangladesh. Hilsa stocks have been hit hard by habitat degradation and have suffered from overfishing. This project aims to boost the resilience of those communities who rely on hilsa for their livelihoods.

This five-year project will help Bangladesh to combat coastal/estuarine IUU fishing by supporting sustainable fisheries management of the hilsa fishery in the Meghna River estuarine ecosystem; strengthening  government and fishing community capacity; strengthening enforcement capacity; building constituencies for management and partnerships with the private sector; promoting marine protected areas and no-take zones as critical for fisheries management and biodiversity conservation.

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD)
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Timeframe: Jul. 01, 2014 - Jun. 30, 2019
Project Status: Ongoing
Contact: Barbara Best
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Thematic Focus: Enforcement, Governance and Management, Fostering Constituencies and Political Will
Geographic Areas: South Asia
Activity Type: Event
 
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