In Bangladesh, fishing has long been seen as ‘men’s work’. It’s a social perception that ignores the vital contribution of women to fisheries—30 percent of women in rural and coastal areas are directly or indirectly engaged in small-scale fisheries—and whose increased involvement in fisheries management could lead to increased household well-being.
Since 2013, WorldFish has been running genetic improvement programs for Rohu, Catla and Silver carps in Bangladesh as part of a long-term plan to improve farmer access to quality seed of improved carp breeds, and thereby increase productivity.
Woman showing prawns caught from her hatchery in Khulna, Bangladesh. Photo by M. Yousuf Tushar, 2014
A breakthrough aquafeed ingredient that greatly reduces the need for wild-harvest fishmeal has potential to boost the productivity of small-scale shrimp and fish farmers in developing countries.