The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), WorldFish, and the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) have partnered to implement the 5-year Enhanced Coastal Fisheries (ECOFISHBD) activity and selected CRC as a subgrantee on the initiative. ECOFISHBD supports coastal capture fishing communities and other ecosystem users and key stakeholders to improve the resilience of the Meghna River estuarine ecosystem and the livelihoods it supports. ECOFISHBD aims to improve science-based fisheries decision-making; strengthen fisheries adaptive co-management; and enhance the socio-economic resilience of hilsa fishing communities.
CRC provides technical expertise on stock assessment, local ecological knowledge, educational and research needs, co-management, and other project components. The first stock assessment and co-management training in Bangladesh for practitioners was designed and delivered by CRC/URI in May and June of 2015. This will be followed up with more intensive and targetted assistance.