Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh II (ECOFISH II) is a 5-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Jointly implemented by WorldFish and the Department of Fisheries (DOF), ECOFISH II is built upon the previous work of the original ECOFISH (2014–2019) project regarding hilsa shad production in the Meghna River ecosystem. ECOFISH II is reducing the impacts on the natural resources and fishing communities along the Teknaf–Cox’s Bazar peninsula from the influx of over a million Rohingya refugees. It is also reducing the impact of the Naf River fishing ban on host communities in Teknaf. ECOFISH II is scaling up lessons learned from the previous project while expanding interventions for improving the livelihoods of fishing communities and enhancing biodiversity conservation in the artisanal fisheries of the Bay of Bengal. The ongoing conservation activities in the lower Meghna sanctuaries and the improved management of the Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) remain integral parts of the project.


Channel I, a leading private TV channel of Bangladesh and WorldFish/ECOFISH II have jointly organized an interesting program on Hilsa, “ILISH SHOMACHAR” in its popular serial “Prokriti O Jibon” on the occasion of 22 days brood Hilsa fishing ban. 

“ILISH SHOMACHAR” aired in the TV program “Prokriti O Jibon” of Channel I on October 15, 2020, Thursday at 11.30 pm, on October 16, 2020, Friday at 11.05 am and on Octobor18, 2020 Sunday at 05.30 am.  Fisheries experts and policy makers took part in the event. 


Research Area: 

  • Resilient small-scale fisheries
  • Value chains and nutrition
  • Climate Change
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