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Innovation ID142
Version ID91
Innovation TitleHilsa fisheries co-management and livelihood buffering strategies
Innovation description Co-management strategies (an innovative combination of local social innovations, women’s community saving’s groups, area management strategies and national policy adjustments) were applied to restore the hilsa shad fishery. In 2018 research outputs illustrate the process and outcomes including substantial increases in hilsa landings.
Reporting Staff Philippa Cohen (WF), Wahab Abdul (WF), Matthew Roscher (WF)
Year (Reporting)2018
Reporting statusApproved
Innovation TypeProduction systems and Management practices

Stage reached

Stage of InnovationStage 1: discovery/proof of concept
Year (Stage)2018
Stage DescriptionThe co-management strategy (adjustments to national policy, 575 Hilsa Conservation Group, 63 landing centers or Hilsa Ghat Groups, 146 fishers’ women Community Savings Groups, community management committees and guards) has been tested. Research documenting approaches and short term outcomes is complete, with evaluation scheduled for 2019.
Has a lead organizationyes
Lead OrganizationWorldFish
Top 5 contributorsUnited States Agency for International Development

Contributions and mapping

All partners
Main CRP CGIAR Research Program on Fish Agri-Food Systems
Flagship project FP2-Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
Cluster FP2-1-Resilient coastal fisheries
Other CRPs-Flagships-Clusters


Geographic scopeNational

Targeted outcomes

Main Sub-IDO
Other Sub-IDO
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EvidencesIslam, M., Aktar, R., Nahiduzzaman, M., Barman, B., & Wahab, M. (2018). Social considerations of large river sanctuaries: a case study from the Hilsa shad fishery in Bangladesh. Sustainability, 10(4), 1254.

Rahman, M. J., Wahab, M. A., Amin, S. N., Nahiduzzaman, M., & Romano, N. (2018). Catch Trend and Stock Assessment of Hilsa Tenualosa ilisha Using Digital Image Measured Length‐Frequency Data. Marine and Coastal Fisheries, 10(4), 386-401.

Nahiduzzaman, M., Islam, M. M., & Wahab, M. A. (2018). Impacts of fishing bans for conservation on hilsa fishers' livelihoods: Challenges and opportunities. In: Nishat, B. ; Mandal, S. ; Pangare, G. (eds.) Conserving ilish, securing livelihoods: Bangladesh-India perspectives. India: Academic Foundation ; International Water Association. pp. 66-82

News article from The Daily Prothom Alo on 14 April 2019. Article is in Bengali and is titled "The Glory of Hilsa Increasing".

van Brakel, M. L., Nahiduzzaman, M., Haque, A. M., Mustafa, M. G., Rahman, M. J., & Abdul, M. (2018). Reimagining large-scale open-water fisheries governance through adaptive comanagement in hilsa shad sanctuaries. Ecology and Society, 23(1), 26.

Mozumder, M., Wahab, M., Sarkki, S., Schneider, P., & Islam, M. (2018). Enhancing social resilience of the coastal fishing communities: A case study of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha H.) fishery in Bangladesh. Sustainability, 10(10), 3501.

Rahman, M. J., Amin, S. N., Nahiduzzaman, M., Wahab, M. A., & Romano, N. (2018). Influence of seasons, habitat sanctuaries, gears and environmental variables on the catches of hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) in Bangladesh waters. Journal of Environmental Biology, 39(5), 767-776.

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