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Innovation ID358
Version ID273
Innovation TitleBoneless Hilsa products (Hilsa soup, Hilsa noodles and Hilsa minced cubes) developed for Bangladesh
Innovation description Hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) is the most popular fish in Bangladesh and Bengali people living abroad, but its pin bones are problematic to many people, especially to younger consumers. Assistance was provided through the bilateral USAID-funded project ECOFISH and FISH research to formulate and produce boneless hilsa products through a public-private partnership (PPP), involving the Fisheries Technology Department of Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU) and a private entrepreneur, Virgo Fish & Agro Process.
Year (Reporting)2019
Reporting statusCompleted
Innovation TypeProduction systems and Management practices

Stage reached

Stage of InnovationStage 3: available/ ready for uptake
Year (Stage)2019
Stage DescriptionThree boneless hilsa products, Hilsa soup, Hilsa noodle and Hilsa cube have been formulated with the technical assistance from Bangladesh Agricultural University and involving a private entrepreneur, Virgo Fish and Agro Process Ltd (VFAP). The production technologies officially handed over to the private partner, VFAP for marketing the novel products.
Has a lead organizationyes
Lead OrganizationWorldFish
Top 5 contributorsBangladesh Agricultural University; Virgo Fish & Agro Process Ltd.

Contributions and mapping

All partners
Main CRPCRP on Fish Agri-Food Systems
Flagship projectFP2-Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries
ClusterFP2-3-Fish in regional food systems
Other CRPs-Flagships-Clusters


Geographic scopeNational

Targeted outcomes

Main Sub-IDOIncreased availability of diverse nutrient-rich foods
Other Sub-IDOIncreased access to diverse nutrient-rich foods
Other Sub-IDO


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

Innocent Bikara, Andressa Gutierrez. (27/4/2020). Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH—Bangladesh). Project brief Oct 2018- Dec 2019.

Sohel Parvez, 2018. Hilsa soup, noodles on the way. The Daily Star (website)

Linked Elements

Outcome Impact CaseHilsa Production and Fishers’ Income Increased due to co-management strategies aimed to enhance the socio-economic resilience of fishing communities in Bangladesh
PolicyHilsa Conservation and Development Fund (HCDF) created and operational guideline formulated in Bangladesh