Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh - EcoFish Phase I

About Us

Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISHBD) is a five-year initiative funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implanted jointly by WorldFish and Department of Fisheries (DoF), starting June 1, 2014. The project will support the GOB and coastal fishing communities to improve the resilience of the Ganges and Meghna River estuarine ecosystem and livelihoods that depend upon it.

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Period of Implementations

Jul 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2019

Total Budget

USD 13,520,651.00

Key Documents



(1) Sustainable supply of a high-quality protein source affordable to the poor; (2) An acceptable quality of life for small-scale fishing communities; and (3) Sustained health of marine and coastal ecosystems that provide critical ecosystem goods and services to the nation.


The project objective is “Improved resilience of the Meghna River ecosystem and communities reliant on coastal fisheries” while the ECOFISH-Bangladesh project is programmed to be undertaken in five years, it is expected that it will contribute to a longer term outcome (20-30 years), ensuring that the Hilsa fishery in Bangladesh is no longer overexploited and threatened.

Impact Pathway

USAID has identified the following development hypothesis under its DO4: "Improved management of natural resources alongside livelihood diversification, climate risk management and enhanced capacity for low emissions development will address adaptation and mitigation of GCC, while providing sustainable economic benefits and clean energy resources for Bangladesh." ECOFISH-Bangladesh contributes directly to achieving USAID’s DO4 results. The four intermediate results areas included in the ECOFISH results framework and theory of change are causally linked. At the highest level the core links can be expressed as follows: “if decisions around fisheries management are based on shared, evidence-based objectives and learning (Result 1), are grounded in inclusive and effective ecosystem-scaled co-management structures (Result 2), and the assets of communities are strengthened (Result 3), then the sustainability of Bangladesh’s complex and productive coastal and riverine ecosystems will be enhanced”. Based on the development hypothesis and Theory of Change , each IR component will test and verify IR-specific hypotheses that underpin a chain of activity-result relationships constituting the basis for project monitoring, evaluation and learning. Answering the research questions of hypotheses, IR1 will generate the necessary scientific foundation for sound Hilsa fisheries management planning and decision making, specifically through improved sanctuary management (Sub-IR1.1, hypothesis 1-3) and better fisheries catch monitoring (Sub-IR 1.2; hypothesis 4). The questions related to IR2, will address different aspects of compliance with the fisheries management actions and capability of stakeholders to engage in co-management (Sub-IR2.1, hypothesis 5) through improved delivery of Government compensation (Sub-IR2.2, hypothesis 6). The hypotheses of IR3 are designed to test whether community savings schemes would incentivize women to take fewer loans from micro-finance providers by increasing the access to finance from their own savings (Sub-IR3.1, hypothesis 8); how livelihood diversification can improve wellbeing (Sub-IR3.2, hypothesis 7) and whether engagement in AIGAs outside fisheries increases overall income (Sub-IR3.3, hypothesis 7). IR4 will assist co-management implementation through reviewing existing government policies, advocacy and formulation of improved policies (Sub-IR4.1), reducing exploitation by addressing power dynamics and fishers’ rights (Sub-IR4.2) and sustainable finance for ecosystem services (Sub-IR4.3).

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Where we work


Title: Hilsa fishery management in Bangladesh

Author: Mohammad Jalilur Rahman

Date: 2020-01-01

Title: Hilsa: Status of fishery and potential for aquaculture

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-12-20

Title: Hilsa conservation and building livelihood resilience

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-12-03

Title: Enhanced Coastal Fisheries in Bangladesh (ECOFISH-BD) : Poster-ECOFISH-Outputs

Author: A.B.M. Mahfuzul Haque

Date: 2019-11-02

Title: Fact Sheet of EcoFish Project

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-10-01

Title: Mother hilsa conservation messages

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-09-16

Title: Proceedings of the Small-scale Fisheries Symposium 2019

Author: A.B.M. Mahfuzul Haque

Date: 2019-09-01

Title: Information about seed fund for hilsa fishers (Bangla vesion)

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-07-15

Title: Megafauna poster for World Wildlife day

Author: Wahab Md Abdul

Date: 2019-03-03

Title: Leadership development training on FMC leader

Author: Israt Zahura

Date: 2019-03-03

Title: ‘Invisible’ fisher women of Bangladesh raise their voice

Author: Kate Melinda Bevitt

Date: 2017-03-03

Title: Community Fish Guard Training

Author: Israt Zahura

Date: 2017-02-01

Title: Training on Goat Rearing & Homestead Vegetable Production

Author: Israt Zahura

Date: 2016-06-01

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