ECOFISH supported coastal fishing communities and other fisheries' value chain stakeholders to improve the resilience of the Meghna River ecosystem and communities reliant on coastal fisheries. The primary pathway is to establish adaptive co-management in hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) sanctuaries supported by advancement in fisheries science and promoting alternative income-generating activities, biodiversity conservation, and development of policies and incentives for fisheries conservation.  


  • Bangladesh Agricultural University - BAU Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute - BFRI
  • Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University - CVASU
  • Coastal Association for Social Transformation Trust - COAST Trust
  • Community Development Centre - CODEC
  • Hathay Bunano Proshikan Society - HBPS
  • International Development Enterprises
  • International Institute for Environment and Development - IIED
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN
  • Jagannath University – JNU
  • Patuakhali Science and Technology University - PSTU
  • Sylhet Agricultural University - SAU Bangladesh
  • The University of Rhode Island - URI
  • Wildlife Conservation Society - WCS
Impact Pathways
  • 908 fishing households practicing better fisheries practices
  • 34,676 people assisted to exit poverty through sustainable natural resource management and/or biodiversity conservation, alternative income generating activities soft loans from Community Savings Groups (CSGs)
  • 5,847 people improved food and nutrition security
  • 158,095 hectares of biologically significant areas under improved natural resource management. 
Internvention Strategies
  • Allowable mesh size for hilsa gillnets recommendations now officialized by the Government of Bangladesh through a gazette notification (
  • Operationalization of the Hilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) in Bangladesh 
  • The Fisherwomen Community Savings Groups (CSGs) in Bangladesh empower poor and marginalized women by providing visible economic and social benefits while conserving the biodiversity
  • Research and application of co-management strategies enhance the contribution to sustainable increase in hilsa production while providing socioeconomic resilience of fishing communities in Bangladesh 
  • Model resilient fishing village: an approach of livelihood transformation of fishery communities in Bangladesh 
  • Community-based green mussel production system in Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)
2 Zero Hunger SDG
5 Gender Equality SDG
12 Responsible Consumtion and Production
14 Life Below Water SDG
16 Peace and Justice SDG
17 Partnerships for the Goals SDG