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Innovation ID355
Version ID270
Innovation TitleGangetic Hilsa ecotypes/races and its return to natal river for spawning discovered by genetic analysis
Innovation description We applied an innovative model that uses fundamental population genomics information to inform conservation and management of Hilsa shad. This help in motivating fishers not to catch the juveniles, as they will get the assurance of getting back the juvenile as adult in the respective rivers. This innovative model that may be valuable for other aquatic species, especially in anadromous fish species that intersect diverse ecotypes during their life-history stages.
Reporting Staff A.B.M. Haque (WF), Wahab Abdul (WF), Mohammad Rahman (WF)
Year (Reporting)2019
Reporting statusApproved
Innovation TypeGenetic (variety and breeds)
Number of varieties1

Stage reached

Stage of InnovationStage 1: discovery/proof of concept
Year (Stage)2019
Stage DescriptionThe innovation disseminated among scientific communities through two publications - one will be available in 2020. The findings were shared among other stakeholders, including policy makers Department of Fisheries (DoF), Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI), Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock (MoFL) and extension workers and media through meetings and workshops.
Has a lead organizationyes
Lead OrganizationWorldFish
Top 5 contributorsInternational Union for Conservation of Nature; Wildlife Conservation Society; Bangladesh Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Department of Fisheries Bangladesh

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 Increased conservation and use of genetic resources
Other Sub-IDO
Other Sub-IDO


EvidencesUSAID_Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-Bangladesh)_Annual Report Oct 2018 to Dec 2019

Asaduzzaman, M., Wahab, M. A., Rahman, M. J., Nahiduzzzaman, M., Dickson, M. W., Igarashi, Y., ... & Wong, L. L. (2019). Fine-scale population structure and ecotypes of anadromous Hilsa shad (Tenualosa ilisha) across complex aquatic ecosystems revealed by NextRAD genotyping. Scientific reports, 9(1), 1-14.

Innocent Bikara, Andressa Gutierrez. (2020). Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH—Bangladesh). Project brief Oct 2018- Dec 2019.

Linked Elements

Outcome Impact Case Hilsa Production and Fishers’ Income Increased due to co-management strategies aimed to enhance the socio-economic resilience of fishing communities in Bangladesh
The declaration of Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) to generate more sustainable fishing and livelihoods while protecting the marine biodiversity in Bangladesh
The Fisherwomen Community Savings Groups (CSGs) in Bangladesh empower 6,000 poor 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 socio-economic resilience for over 34,676 fishers in Bangladesh
Research and application of co-management strategies enhance the biodiversity conservation while providing socio-economic resilience for over 46,486 fishers in Bangladesh
Policy WorldFish contributed to the declaration of the Nijhum Dwip Marine Protected Area (MPA) in Bangladesh through S.R.O. No.211-Law/2019
Hilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) created and operational guideline formulated in Bangladesh
Operationalization of the Hilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) in Bangladesh