About the project
The hilsa fish is of national importance to Bangladesh. But increased demand for the fish has led to pressure on the fish species. Not only is the hilsa in trouble, but so are the 3 million fishermen, fisherwomen and fishery workers who directly or indirectly depend on the fish for their livelihood.
This has prompted the government to declare five areas as sanctuaries for the fish. In return for not fishing in these areas affected fishing communities or households are rewarded with sacks of rice and provided with alternative income generating activities to replace the lost income.
In March 2013, IIED, in partnership with Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies and Bangladesh Agricultural University and in collaboration with the Department of Fisheries of the Government of Bangladesh, launched a Darwin-Initiative funded project that aimed to fill knowledge gaps and recommend policy options and thereby enhance the effectiveness of the incentive-based scheme.
Below are all knowledge products produced by the research project:
Balancing carrots and sticks: incentives for sustainable hilsa fishery management in Bangladesh
Payments for coastal and marine ecosystem services: prospects and principles
Payments for ecosystem services in developing world fisheries
Economic incentives for sustainable hilsa fishing in Bangladesh: An analysis of the legal and institutional framework
Direct economic incentives for sustainable fisheries management: the case of Hilsa conservation in Bangladesh
Economic incentives for sustainable hilsa fish management in Bangladesh: An analysis of the legal and institutional framework
The cost of compensation: Transaction and administration costs of hilsa fish management in Bangladesh
A Review of Conservation Trust Funds for Sustainable Marine Resources Management: Conditions for Success
Incentive-based Hilsa fish conservation and management in Bangladesh: prospects and challenges
Mitigating unintended local economic impacts of the compensation scheme for hilsa management
Food and feeding ecology of hilsa (Tenualosa ilisha) in Bangladesh’s Meghna River basin
Protecting ecosystems and livelihoods
The biophysical assessments of the hilsa fish (Tenualosa ilisha) habitat in the lower Meghna, Bangladesh
IIED Blogs and news articles:
UK's Darwin Initiative funded project strives to reduce threats to hilsa fish
Five ways to boost stocks of the Bay of Bengal’s beloved hilsa fish
Compensation for conservation of Bangladesh’s national fish
Bangladesh: protecting the Hilsa from overfishing
Protecting ecosystems and livelihoods in Bangladesh
Want to know how to save a fish species? Ask a fisher
Can we save our fisheries with lessons from our forests?
Environmental Funds: sustainable finance for conservation
Conservation trust fund proposed to help manage Bangladesh fish stocks
Scientists call for international collaboration to safeguard hilsa fish stocks