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 Expert  728598

Expert in Tilapia and Carp Genetic Stock Improvement, Hatchery Design, Mass Seed Production and Farming


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Bangladesh
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Expert is a Senior Aquaculture Specialist having extensive and practical experiences in tilapia and carp fish genetic stock improvement, hatchery design and management, monosex all male tilapia seed production, nursing of fry/ fingerlings, feeding and nutrition and grow out (land based and cage farming) system development and operation of GIFT and red strains of tilapia. Presently involved as the Team Leader of Tilpia and Carp Genetic Research Group and instrumental for promotion of these species in Bangladesh and Asia region.
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carp

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freshwater aquaculture

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tilapia farm

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carp farming

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freshwater fish

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Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food

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tilapia


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Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1992   PhD   Aquaculture Genetics   University of Stirling  
1976   M. Sc. Fisheries   Aquaculture and Management   Bangladesh Agricultural University  
1975   B. Sc. Fisheries (Honors)   Fisheries Science   Bangladesh Agricultural University   Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to 2011

 

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute

 


 

Director General

 

As Director General of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) responsible for the overall direction of the national institute as per its mandate to carry out and coordinate fisheries and aquaculture research in Bangladesh. Assist the institute in identifying, planning and implementing programs for the development and management of fisheries and aquaculture in inland and marine waters in the country. Perform the overall research administration & financial management of the institute. Coordinate and formulate fisheries related various policies of BFRI & Bangladesh government. Work as Team Leader & Research Coordinator with a large number of international & national research and development projects and a number of aquaculture extension and farming system research & development programs; Undertake responsibility to write and compile annual research progress reports/technical reports & acting as Editors of “Bangladesh Fisheries Research Journal" and “The Fisheries Newsletter.” Assist the institute in organizing international & national workshops/seminars/meetings/training activities; Coordinate in organizing regular meeting and interact with government and diverse range of international and national counterparts, multi disciplinary teams and stakeholders.

2004 to 2009

 

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute

 

Administration and Finance

 

Director (Admin. & Finance)

 

Perform the overall research administration & financial management of the institute under the direction of the Director General; Planning, directing and coordinating the work of the institute's scientists and support staff; Formulate fisheries related various policies of BFRI & government; Work as Team Leader & Research Coordinator with a large number of international & national research and development projects including a number of aquaculture extension and farming system research & development programs for sustainable rural livelihood development & food security; Assist the institute in organizing international & national workshops/seminars/meetings; Organize regular meeting and interact with government and diverse range of international and national counterparts and other stakeholders.

2001 to 2004

 

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute

 

Research and Planning

 

Director (Research and Planning)

 

Assist the Director General of the institute in all matters related to research and planning, technical training and communication of the relevant institutes in the country and abroad; Coordinate the overall research planning and management of the national research institute like BFRI; Act as Principal Investigator, Team Leader & Research Coordinator with a large number of international & national research and development projects including a number of aquaculture and farming system research & development programs for sustainable rural livelihood development & food security; Supervise overall research activities of the 4 Research Stations and 4 Sub-Stations all over the country; Assist the institute in organizing international & national workshops/seminars/meetings; Provide technical guidance & supervision to a number of professional teams including international consultants; Organize regular meeting and interact with government and diverse range of international and national counterparts and other stakeholders; Organize national & international training programs/workshops etc. Undertake responsibility to design Project Concept Papers, compile annual research progress reports/technical reports & acted as Managing Editor for Institute's newsletter “The Fisheries Newsletter”.

1992 to 2001

 

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute

 

Freshwater Station

 

Chief Scientific Officer

 

Coordinate entire research planning and management of Freshwater and Brackishwater Research Stations; Supervise scientific and support staff management of two research stations; Develop aquaculture technologies related to carps/ catfishes/ tilapias/ threatened fish breeding, genetic enhancement and culture, integration of agriculture/ livestock with aquaculture, fish health management etc. including fish nutrition and feeds for disseminating and transferring to the rural farmers for improving their income and livelihoods; Undertake research to develop improved breeds of endemic carps, silver barb, Nile tilapia & improved hybrids of freshwater catfish; Organize regular meetings and interact with GO and NGO counterparts and other stakeholders; Create awareness & implement technical guidelines to control genetic degradation in hatchery stocks of cultured fish species in Bangladesh; Act as Senior Research Scientist, Principal Investigator, Team Leader, Research Coordinator, etc. with international and national research & development projects including a number of aquaculture and farming system research & development programs for sustainable rural livelihood development & food security; Design & implement research proposals & publish scientific papers & technical reports, books & extension manuals on fish genetics, breeding & aquaculture; Organize national & international training programs/ workshops etc.

1986 to 1992

 

Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute

 

Freshwater Station

 

Principal Scientific Officer

 

Undertake research to develop new breeding techniques for silver barb, nile tilapia, anabas, mahseer & a number threatened fish species; Develop aquaculture technologies for disseminating/transferring them to the rural farmers for improving their income and livelihoods; Act as Principal Investigator, Associate Researcher with a number of aquaculture and farming system research & development programs for sustainable rural livelihood development & food security; Conduct training programs for extension officers/workers, public/private hatchery and nursery operators, middle level field staffs and rural farmers of Go/NGO organizations; Monitor lab and field activities of scientists/researchers involved in Freshwater Station; Publish technical reports, scientific papers & research articles in peer reviewed journals.

1981 to 1986

 

UN Volunteers, UNDP

 


 

UN Volunteer Aquaculture/Fishery Specialist

 

Assist the respective Syrian Fish Hatchery and Farm Managers regarding all technical aspects to manage and operate commercial fish hatcheries and farms; Undertake responsibility for carp seed production through artificial breeding and management of hatcheries; Design aquaculture production plans, systems and implement commercial fish farming operation and management including fish feeds and nutrition. Organize and conduct training programs for technical field staffs; Prepare and publish fish breeding, culture and pond management training manuals, technical reports etc.

1978 to 1981

 

Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries & Livestock, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

Carp Culture

 

Scientific Officer

 

Hatchery operation and carp brood stock management; Carry out artificial breeding and seed production of carp species; Conduct research on carp nursery management; Monitor fish nutrition and feeding experiments in ponds; Monitor water quality aspects of the experimental ponds.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Present Honourable member of Syndicate Council/Regent Board of several public universities of Bangladesh; Former Honourable Member Secretary of Board of Governors of Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute; Former Board Member of International Association for Genetics in Aquaculture (IAGA); Member of Asian Fisheries Society, Manila, Philippines; Member of World Aquaculture Society, USA; Member of Fisheries Society of British Isles, UK; Member of NTAS, WolrdFish Center, Penang, Malaysia; Member of Bangladesh Fisheries Society, BAU, Mymensingh, Bangladesh; Member of Bangladesh Zoological Society, DU, Dhaka, Bangladesh; Member of Bangladesh Environmental Society, Mymensingh, Bangladesh; Board member of Bangladesh Society of Biotechnology, Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

Awards/Recognition

Received National Fish Fortnight 2010 Gold Medal Award by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of a genetically improved strain of indigenous rohu ie. Labeo rohita.

Received National Fish Fortnight 2003 Gold Medal Award by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of a genetically improved strain of silver barb (ie. Barbonymus gonionotus) & further stock improvement the GIFT strain of Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus).

Biography has been included in the directory of 1000 Leaders of World Influence of 2000-2001 published by American Biographical Institute, Inc, USA; Marquis Who's Who in the World 16th and 18th Editions; IBC's 2000 Scientist of the 20th Century- 2nd Edition and 1000 World Leader of Achievements of 20th Century Edition of American Biographical Institute, Inc.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

Published more than 100 papers in international & domestic peer reviewed journals and written a number of international technical reports, books and extension manuals in the field of his expertise among which 24 research papers, 7 books and extension manuals, 3 survey reports have been made on tilapia breeding, genetic studies, mass seed production and aquaculture farming.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Aquatic Ecosystem Heath and Management Society, Canada  
 - Bangladesh Food Security Forum, Dhaka  
 - Aquaculture Asia Pacific Magazine, Aqua Reserach Pte. Ltd.  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
2004 to 2005   Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute   Team Member   He was the active member for preparing the document entitled "Fisheries Research Vision 2015 Policy for Bangladesh"
2004 to 2005   Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Bangladesh   Team Leader   He made the final draft of "National Guidelines for Fish and Animal Biotechnology"
2003 to 2004   Department of Fisheries and Bangladesh Fish. Res. Institute     Acted as Team Leader to prepare "Management of Aquaculture Brood Stock and Dissemination of Improved Fish Breeds"
2000 to 2001   Department of Fisheries   Team Member   He assisted to prepare "Fisheries Sector Review and 10 Years (2002-2012) Production Projection"

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Presently involved as Senior Carp Hatchery Management and Genetic Specialist with The WorldFish Center, Bangladesh and South Asia Office, Dhaka, Bangladesh under “Improving Carp Seed Quality in Greater Noakhali and Greater Barishal, Bagladesh” :DANIDA-aided Agriculture Sector Programme Support (ASPS)-Phase II project to render the following responsibilities:•As a senior team member of the project will provide technical backstopping to review, plan and implement carp brood stock replacement and genetic management technique(s). •To monitor the quality carp seed production system operation time to time and render necessary guidelines to the respective hatchery/nursery managers associated with the project. •To coordinate with other team members (both national and international) to carry out set responsibilities along with the assigned project staffs.
  • Consultancy service was carried out from 20 November to 01 December 2000 for the country specific and synthesis report writing under the Genetic Improvement of Carp Species in Asia Project in coordination with the Project Leader and working with other ICLARM senior scientists at WorldFish Center (formerly ICLARM), Penang, Malaysia. The following responsibilities were accomplished:•Finalization of the country specific reports submitted by Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam following partners;•Synthesis of the country report and finalization of the Project's Final Report.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Earned more than 30 years of professional experience mostly in developing countries at home & abroad with at least 15 years of field based technical works in fisheries and aquaculture research, technology extension & dissemination & at least 14 years in institutional system operation, management and capacity building.

Most recently performed the duties and responsibilities as Director General to assist the national institute in planning, implementing and coordinating programme related fisheries and aquaculture activities as well as building institutional capacities and its strengthening.

Most recently involved as the National Coordinator of Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) project to support BOBLME mother project being implemented by FAO Regional of the Pacific and Asia, Bangkok, Thailand for the development of a Strategic Action Programme (SAP), whose implementation will lead to enhanced food security and reduced poverty for coastal communities in the BOB region including Bangladesh.

Most recently as Director, Administration & Finance involved in planning, directing and coordinating the overall administrative, financial and research management including formulation of various policies of the Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) and government.

Formerly involved as Director, Research & Planning to coordinate the overall research planning & management of 4 regional Research Stations & 4 Sub-Stations of BFRI.

Gathered 5 years international experience in project management, while working as UNV Fishery/Aquaculture Specialist under UNDP in a sub-Saharan Middle East country like Syria.

Under previous positions of various overseas and domestic organizations/institutions involved as Research Scientist, Principal Investigator, Team Leader, Research Coordinator, Research Fellow etc. with a large number of international and national research and development projects.

Involved in developing aquaculture technologies related to carps; catfishes; tilapias; threatened fish breeding, genetic enhancement and culture, integration of agriculture & livestock with aquaculture; fish health management etc. including fish nutrition and feeds & most of these technologies have been successfully disseminated & transferred to the rural farmers for improving their income and livelihoods.

Acted as coordinator in aquaculture based farming system research & development programs for sustainable rural livelihood development & food security.

Performed training for a large number extension officers/workers, public/private hatchery & nursery operators, middle level field staffs & rural farmers of Go/NGO organizations.

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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1981 to 1986   Syrian Arab Republic   As United Nations Volunteer (UNV)under UNDP during April 1981- March 1986; he assisted the respective Syrian Fish Hatchery and Farm Mangers regarding all technical aspects to manage and operate commercial fish hatcheries and farms and undertook responsibility for carp and tilapia mass seed production and management of hatcheries complexes. He used to design aquaculture production plans and implement commercial fish farming operation and management including fish feed and nutrition in Syria. Organized and conducted a series of training programs for technical field staffs of public fish farms.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   He speaks English fluently, reads excellently and writes extremely well.
Arabic   He speaks Arabic moderately, reads well and writes poorly.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

Participated in the following international and national training, workshops/seminars/meetings : •Bay of Bengal Program Inter Governmental Organization (BOBP –IGO) TAC Sixth Meeting 20-21 April, Delhi, India •“2011 Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Work Plan Development Workshop” 09-10 February 2011in Phuket, Thailand •Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) Consultation Planning Workshop of the Bay of Bengal Large Marine Ecosystem (BOBLME) Project, 24-25 August 2010, Bangkok, Thailand •WorldFish Mega Program 1.3 proposed design workshop, 19-21 July 2010, Penang, Malaysia •Sixth Meeting of the Governing Council of the Bay of Bengal Program Inter Governmental Organization (BOBP –IGO) 15-16 July 2010, Colombo, Sri Lanka •Bay of Bengal Program Inter Governmental Organization (BOBP –IGO) TAC Fifth Meeting 02-03 June, Male, Maldives “Workshop on the Assessment Fishery Stock Structure in the South and South East Asia” 16-19 June 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. “FAO APFIC Regional Workshop on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries and Aquaculture” 18-22 May 2009 Colombo, Sri Lanka. “5th World Fisheries Congress-WFC2008, 20-24 October, Yokohama, Japan. “International Biotechnology Conference 2008” organized by Bangladesh Association for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (BABGE), 7-8 June, 2008, Dhaka, Bangladesh. “Dissemination of improved fish strains: Country specific action plans and INGA steering Committee Meeting, 21 – 23 September 2005, Shanghai, China,. “Harvesting the benefits of agricultural biotechnology in Bangladesh” organized by ABSPII, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC) and Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), 6 – 7 October 2004, Dhaka, Bangladesh,; “Achieving greater food security and eliminating poverty by dissemination of improved carp strains to farmers” organized by WorldFish Center, 05 – 07 April, 2004, Penang, Malaysia; "Genetic status and improvement strategies for exotic carps for low input aquaculture in Asia” organized by DFID-AFGRP/AIT 16 – 20 February 2004, Pattaya, Thailand; “Harmonization and standardization of the improvement of cultured stocks and strains and conservation of biodiversity in Asia” organized by Stirling University, Scotland and NAGRI, Thailand, 22 – 25 October 2002; “Expert consultation on strategies and plans for dissemination of improved fish breeds”, 4 – 7 June 2002, organized by WorldFish Center and NAGRI, Thailand,. Training workshop on “Analysis of socioeconomic and genetic data of the project on genetic improvement of carps species in Asia” organized by the WorldFish Center, 21 March – 07 April, 2000, Penang, Malaysia; “Participation to second coordination meeting of hilsa research project” 08 – 09 December 1998, held at CISRO, Cleveland, Australia; Training workshop on “Impact evaluation of genetically improved farm tilapia technology” organized by the WorldFish Center, 26 – 30, 1996, Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines; “Study tour on farming system research to Philippines, Thailand & Indonesia, 24 October – 09 Nov., 1996.

Organized the following international and national trainings, meetings and workshops

Workshop on “National breeding pl for Bangladesh for Brood stock management and dissemination of improved fish breeds” organized by Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 October, 2005. Workshop on “Fisheries Research and Vision 2015 ” organized by Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 28 June, 2005. Training on “Brood-stock management, artificial seed production and grow-out system of mahseer” organized by Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute (BFRI) for the visiting scientists of National Aquaculture and Fisheries Extension Center (NAFEC), Vietnam, 13 – 20 September, 2004. Training on “Brood-stock management and sex reversal of tilapia using gift protocol”, jointly organized by WorldFish Center, GIFT Foundation International inc. and BFRI; 6 – 9 October,

Other Skills and Services

Gathered extensive and practical experience in genetic stock improvement of fish, tilapia and carp hatchery system development and operation, tropical aquaculture farming and with sound knowledge in research planning and management.


 

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