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Hilsa fish at a market in Barisal, Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted, 2012.“Mache bhate Bengali” – “Fish and rice make a Bengali”. Situated on the deltas of three of the world’s largest river systems, it’s not surprising fish is part of daily life in Bangladesh. Small-scale aquacultural farmers sell fish from their homestead pond at the local market. Villagers dry fish on the coastal plains...
Traditionally, fisheries policies have been primarily driven by environmental and economic research agendas by foreign governments, development NGOs and scientific researchers. This leaves many small holders and poor people reliant on fish for nutrition, without a voice at a very large table. Acknowledging the disparity in discourse, Stephen Hall, WorldFish Director General, has added new...
Freshwater capture fisheries in the Lower Mekong Basin provide the regional population with up to 80% of the animal protein in their diet, as well as livelihood opportunities on a vast scale.   Despite their importance to the region, the different values that fish contribute to income, and the relative role of fish resources in rural livelihoods and welfare have never been fully...
Infographic source: European Parliament   In a landmark step, the European Union has moved towards making commercial fishing more environmentally sustainable through the overhaul of Europe’s fisheries policy.   Under the current Common Fisheries Policy 80% of Mediterranean fish stocks and 47% of Atlantic fish stocks were found by the E.U. to be over fished...
A farmer stands by his integrated rice and fish farm in Laos. Photo by Jharendu Pant, 2013.Globally large dams have long been controversial. Whilst their benefits are often significant, their construction inevitably leads to the displacement and involuntary resettlement of communities. Sometimes this can be on a vast scale. China’s Three Gorges Dam displaced an estimated 1.5 million people. The...
Freshwaters cover only 1% of the earth’s surface, yet they are home to over 10% of all animals and more than 35% of all vertebrates like fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals   The biodiversity of freshwater systems is essential for maintaining the productivity and health of the Earth’s waterways.   The theme of this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity on...
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Thursday 16 May, 2013   Securing the critical contribution of wild fish stocks to food and nutrition security in the developing world depends on better governance and management of the fisheries sector.   Fish is a key source of animal protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and micronutrients like iron and zinc that contribute to a balanced...
Orange sweet potato in homestead garden, Sunamganj, Bangladesh. Photo by Finn Thilsted, 2013.Jessore, Bangladesh (4-5 May 2013)   To promote the consumption of Orange Fleshed Sweet Potato (OFSP) and nutrient rich vegetables, WorldFish and International Potato Center (CIP)/AVRDC, through the USAID funded Feed the Future program, jointly organized a workshop on the 4th and 5th of May, 2013...
Pond aquaculture in Rangpur, Bangladesh. Photo by Md. Ershadul Islam, 2012.Shahnaz Dewan, a former elected member of local government, lives in Adabari village in Tangail District, Bangladesh. While Shanaz was engaged in household activity and social work, her husband used traditional methods of raising Indian Major Carp in his pond and she had very little involvement in fish culture...
It is with great sadness that we recognize the death of Professor James Muir, who passed away in the Western Infirmary, Edinburgh, in the early hours of 1 May.   James was a professor at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, where he worked for 30 years. He retired in 2009 and became a Professor Emeritus, pursuing his interests in international development and as a research...

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