Since its inception the Department of Fisheries Management has given strong emphasis on the research as a means of enhancing knowledge in the relevant areas. The research programmes have been developed from its original interest in Limnology and Fisheries Management and now covers many areas of both fundamental and applied nature of the fisheries sector. All researches are carried out either through the post-graduate students thesis programme or through the collaboration with a number of national and international institutions and universities. Some important areas of research interest are outlined below:
Environment and Climate Change
Aquatic environment and its qualitative and quantitative aspects, environmental impacts of resource use and waste production, environmental degredation and fisheries, coastal environmental and shrimp farming, impacts of aquaculture on bio-diversity, EIA techniques, sustainable development of integrated fisheries and agriculture (aquatic agriculture), climate change impact on fisheries and production system..
Aquatic ecology and limnology
Ecosystem approach community and population ecology, population structure in lentic and lotic habitats pyhtoplankton, zooplankton, periphyton, aquatic vascular plants culture techniques of food organisms, primary, secondary and territory production interactions at community level.
Water quality and pond dynamics
Water quality parameters of aquaculture systems, fertilisation and nutrient dynamics, nutrient use efficiency, pond production mechanisms, augmentation of pond production and water quality management in different production system.
Aquatic toxicity due to organic materials, heavy metals from industries and other sources, chlorinated hydrocarbons from agricultural lands etc. Noxious algal blooms and toxicity; blooms formed by Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae), Euglenophytes and some noxious diatoms; factors affecting noxious algal blooms; neurotoxin (domoic acid) production by some species of Cyanobacteria, ichthyotoxicity, toxin extraction, chemical nature of toxins etc. Factors affecting the nature and content of toxin production by Cyanobacteria. Impacts of Cyanobacterial toxins on fish, domestic animals and human community.
Estuarine, coastal and marine fisheries
Catch composition of marine fin-fishes, shrimps and others species, ecology of fin-fish larvae and juveniles, environmental impacts on spawning success, larval survival and recruitment of fishes in estuarine and marine waters. Early life history of fishes and shrimps.
Fish population dynamics
Fisheries biology, population dynamics of fish and prawn in flood plain riverine system, inshore and offshore areas of marine environment, food and feeding habits, breeding, movement and migration, survival strategy of flood plain fishes in dry season, mortality, growth and recruitment, density dependent growth and mortality.
Habitat specific management, community-based fisheries management, CBOs and aquatic resource management, regulation and acts, fisheries policy, new fisheries management policy, Kuakata fisheries, conservation and biodiversity, marine fisheries exploitation and conservation, socio-economic aspect of fishermen
Research Projects of the Department
Completed Research Projects
Some of these research have been done through the collaboration with a number of national and International institutions and Universities. A few of them to be mentioned are the Imperial College, London, Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, Scotland, Middlesex University and Exeter University, London, UK, Shanghai Ocean University (SOU), China, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand and Michigan University (USA), Wageningen Agricultural University, The Netherlands. Almost all funding and donor organisations working in this country and the major employers of the fisheries manpower such as Department of Fisheries (DOF), and Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) have strong linkage with this Department. Research fundings have been obtained from International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden , and European Commission (EC), DANIDA, DFID, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) and USAID (CDR, CRSP) for some ongoing projects of the Department.