ICAR-CIFRI organized virtual training programme on
“HILSA FISHERY CONSERVATION FOR LIVELIHOOD IMPROVEMENT”.
ICAR-Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) organized a virtual training
programme on Hilsa fishery conservation for livelihood improvement with major focus on the
river Ganga in association with National mission for clean Ganga (NMCG), Ministry of Jal
Shakti, National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB), Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Science&
Diary. The main objective of the training programme was to bring awareness among all the stake
holders and to highlight community participation in the biodiversity conservation plan specific to
Hilsa fishery. Dr. B.K. Das, Director highlighted ICAR-CIFRI’s interventions and research
activities on Hilsa carried out from 2012 to 2024. Dr. Das urged scientists, fishermen, and
administrative officials to work as a team towards MISSION HILSA and highlighted the
involvement of Youth in the Hilsa conservation programme. Prof. Abdul Wahab, Team Leader
of ECOFISH Project-USAID, WorldFish, Bangladesh explained the important role of science
based community participation for Hilsa production improvement in Bangladesh. Prof. Wahab
highlighted that due to interventions of Hilsa fishery co-management hilsa production in
Bangladesh has increased to 9% in during 2015 to 2020. In additions, important lectures on 1)
Hilsa research towards conservation and livelihood improvement: ICAR-CIFRI’s recent initiatives 2)
Hilsa conservation and livelihood improvement: Case studies from Bangladesh 3) Hilsa conservation in
Hooghly-Bhagirathi river: Threats and future plans 4) Re-establishing Hilsa fisheries in river Ganga with
focus on middle stretch for livelihood improvement: A holistic approach, were delivered by the experts.
Dr. Sandeep Behera, Senior consultant, Biodiversity Conservation, NMCG highlighted the role of
regional research collaboration particularly for the transboundary aquatic animals and ICAR-CIFRI’s role
for scientific involvement and outputs. More than 260 participants representing fishermen, students,
fisheries officials from different states and personel from Universities and research institutes were
participated and interacted actively. The entire programme was co-ordinated by Drs. A.K.Sahoo, S.
Samanta, B.K.Behera and the team.