Bay of Bengal Shark Program

Shark-friendly communities and businesses

The Bay of Bengal Shark Program (BoB Shark) is a partnership based knowledge and advocacy platform launched October 2015. BoB Shark is designed to create, gather and share knowledge on shark and shark conservation in the Bay of Bengal countries and to facilitate community and private sector-led conservation.

Priorities for Bangladesh

  • Creating and gathering scientific knowledge on local populations of Elasmobranch and their habitats.
  • Working with artisanal fishers and deep sea fishing industries to reduce bycatch and protect threatened Elasmobranch species.
  • Mainstreaming elasmobranch biodiversity conservation into society and government.
  • Bringing sustainability to international trade of Elasmobranch species.
  • Training the students, young professionals, conservationists in elasmobranch conservation science and mainstreaming.

Are you a fisher, businessman, community leader, government official, researcher, journalist or student from Bangladesh, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives or any other northern Indian Ocean countries? Are you or your organization is working or interested to protect Shark, Rays and Skates? To share your ideas and works, to know more about the initiative, and to contribute in the process, please write to us.

In Bangladesh, Save Our Sea, and Aquatic Bio-resource Research Laboratory at Sher-e-Bangla Agricultural University Fisheries Biology and Genetics Department are the main institutional partners of the program.

We’ll be trying to improvise bottom-up approaches to protect shark biodiversity in the region and establish local community-based programs in the Bay of Bengal countries.



[This blog is edited by Mohammad Arju]


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