In the National Fish Fair 2016 Minister for Fisheries and Livestock awarded ‘First Prize’ to WorldFish for its innovative and smart design for the booth decoration. This year, WorldFish participated in the fair with a focus on showcasing its USAID funded Aquaculture for Income and Nutrition (AIN) and Enhanced Coastal Fisheries (ECOFISH BD ) projects.
As a part of National Fish Week 2016, the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock along with the Department of Fisheries organized five-day long central fisheries fair in Dhaka from 21-25 July, 2016. This is to mention here that, the unique design of two WorldFish booths were also innovative in sharing ideas and information. Booths were well decorated and continuously projected its research results in the screen. In addition, ECOFISH BD booth arranged ‘quiz contest’ twice a day, which attracted huge crowd for winning the ‘100 Recipes of Hilsa’ book. On the other hand, USAID AIN in their booth, showing of all the training materials and opportunities and more than 1400 people registered to obtain them through email.
In the fair, the USAID AIN project, implemented by WorldFish participated and showcased the development and dissemination of improved fish seed, improved household and commercial aquaculture, and policy reform and institutional capacity building issues to wider audiences. USAID AIN also disseminated information on mStar (mobile money), Rohu Genetic Improvement, Tilapia hatchery, SPF Shrimp and e-traceability research activities etc.
Therefore, another project of WorldFish, ECOFISH BD project also participated and manifested how the project is assisting to strengthen the ability of local communities, especially women through additional income generating activities (AIGA), and get maximum benefit from coastal adverse environments.
Thousand visitors from research institute, students, representatives from fisheries sector, Govt. officials visited daily at our two well decorated stalls and took the opportunity for getting information, networking and discussion. Around 50 exhibitors from several national and international organizations and research institute showcased their products in the areas of fish production and processing, fresh fish and delicacies, as well as research outputs and development in recent Fish Week 2016.
WorldFish, is always working to change of the lives of millions who depend on fish. Likewise, with the continuous support from USAID Dhaka office, WorldFish, through its two ongoing projects, i.e., USAID AIN and ECOFISH BD , inspiring the farmers, providing them with latest scientific technologies and educating them in producing quality fingerlings so that they cultivate fish more and also supporting the country’s coastal fishermen and their families to improve food security through research-led fisheries management initiatives.