Research Activities

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.

Environmental toxicology

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.

Fisheries management

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

  1. Impacts of Chinese carps in the polyculture with Indian major carps funded by IFS, Sweden.
  2. Development of fertilisation techniques for the carp ponds of Bangladesh funded by BARC/BAU.
  3. Food and feeding habits of pond fishes funded by BAU.
  4. Mass culture of live food Rotifera for feeding fish fry funded by BAU and BARC.
  5. Development of four species polyculture system in Bangladesh funded by IFS, Sweden.
  6. The potential of periphyton based aquaculture system in South Asia funded by EC.
  7. Assessing the nature and extent of impacts of shrimp farming in the South-east and South-west regions of Bangladesh funded by NORAD.
  1. Developing a fish polyculture for peasant consumption and cash crop funded by USAID-CDR
  2. Improved resource use efficiency in Asian integrated pond-dike system funded by EC INCO-DC.
  3. Effects of periphyton on fish culture funded by BAU.
  4. Fish larval ecology in the mangrove setuary of Bakkhali river and near shore waters of the Bay of Bengal, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh funded by IFS, Sweden.
  5. Comparative studies on the feeding responses to various food concentrations of filter-feeding zooplankton funded by BARC.
  6. Farming systems and environmental studies funded by Ford Foundation.
  7. Mass culture of phytoplankton in inexpensive medium funded by BARC
  8. Biology and Population study of Chapila ,Gudusia chapra in Rajdhala Beel, Netrokona, Bangladesh.
  9. Development of carp-catfish polyculture technology to enhance fish production through better resource utilization.
  10. Population dynamics of Tilapia stocks in Kaptai Lake and impact assessment of its introduction on the resident fish species and the livelihoods of the local people funded by MOKST.
  11. Population dynamics of a freshwater small indigenous fish chapila Gudusia chapra and its management polices implication in Bangladesh.
  12. Improvement in Pangas (Pangasius hypophthalmus) farming by using silver carp and Ralnilata (Ipomoea aquatica ) to reduce the effect of eutrophication.
  13. Water quality maintenance in aquaculture ponds through bio-filtration of organic pollutants using fish edibile floating macrophytes for sustainable fish production and public health safety.
  14. “ Culture of rotifers feeding with powdered dried Chlorella ”
  15. Development of hatchery management technique for artificial propagation and Larval rearing of local sarpunti (Puntius sarana phase test).
  16. Studies on the artificial propagation, Larval rearing and culture of Tarabaim Macrognathus aculeatus  (Bloch)
  17. Studies on induced spawning, Larval rearing and culture of bata Labeo bata.
  18. To asses the growth performance and yield of local sarpunti (P. sarana)
  19. Early ontogeny and ecology of fish larvae in Bakkhali river esturory, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.
  20. Environmental effects on the occurrence and proliferation of harmful algae in the estuarine and coastal water of Bangladesh . A case study in the Maheskhali channel, Cox’s Bazar.
  21. Monitoring and management of harmful algae in ponds and lakes for sustainable fish production and public health safety.
  22. Ecology of euglenophytes in aquaculture ponds and their role in fish production .
  23. Management of euglenophytes in aquaculture ponds for improving in Bangladesh.
  24. Socio-economic aspect of freshwater prawn culture development in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
  25. The sustainable Livelihoods approach of prawn farming and marketing systems in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.
  26. The sustainable Livelihoods approach its relevance of freshwater prawn and marketing systems in Bangladesh.
  27. Assessment of community based ingdigenous knowledge on biodiversity and environment in the Maljheekangsa Floodplain.
  28. Potentiality for the development of export market for molluse in costal Bangladesh.
  29. Development of integrated rice-fish farming for sustainable livelihoods of the rural poor.
  30. Development of genetically improved climbing perch, ‘koi’ (Anabas testudineus) by intra-specific hybridization.
  31. Teaching award on ‘Coastal and Marine Ecology’
  32. Population dynamics of a freshwater small indigenous fish Chela, Chela cachius and its management policy implications in Bangladesh.
  33. Population dynamics of hilsa shad Tenualosa ilisha and recommendation of stakeholders conflict resolved management regime in Bangladesh.
  34. Population dynamics of a freshwater small indigenous fish chapila, Gudusia chapra and its management policy implications in Bangladesh.
  35. The Population and reproductive ecology of barred spiny eel Macrognathus pancalus, and it management recommendations in Bangladesh.
  36. Population dynamics of ticto barb Puntius ticto and recommendation for its stock management
  37. Annual gametogenic pattern and pathologic condition of freshwater mussel, Lamellidens marginalis collected from Boyra, Mymensingh using biometry and histology.
  38. Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT) funded by EU.
  39. Promoting Sustainable coastal aquaculture in Bangladesh funded by DFID.
  40. Building capacity to manage the coastal zone in a changing climate funded by DFID/BC – INSPIRE.
  41. Improving sustainability and reducing environmental impacts of aquaculture systems in China, and South and Southeast Asia funded by USAID Aquafish CRSP.
  42. Bio-manipulation in small scale aquaculture ponds to improve fish production and rural livelihood funded by UGC.
  43. Population dynamics of hilsa shad Tenuodosa ilisha and recommendation of stake holders conflict resolved management regime in Bangladesh funded by the Ministry of Science, Information and Communication Technology, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh..
  44. Biology and management of harmful algae in ponds and lakes in Bangladesh to get sustainable fish production and better rural Community health funded by IFS started from 2006.
  45. Assessment of the sustainability of freshwater prawn farming in gher systems in southwest Bangladesh funded by BFRI
  46. Socio-economic aspects of integrated prawn fish-rice culture development for sustainable livelihoods of the rural poor funded by UGC.
  47. Development of tilapia marketing systems in Bangladesh: potential for food supply.
  48. Length-weight relationships and reproductive physiology of endangered ‘kala pabda’(Ompok pabo) from the ‘haor’ area of Mohonganj, Netrokona funded by BAURES.
  49. Stock assessment of tank goby Glossogobius giuris and its management strategies in Bangladesh funded by UGC.

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.