21 July 2012, Dhaka. BRAC Fisheries has been awarded for its outstanding achievement over the years in empowering the fisheries sectors by the Department of Fisheries (DoF) under Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock, Bangladesh at the National Fisheries Fair 2012. The Fisheries Fair was held at the Ramna Park, Dhaka, from 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. on July 13, 2012.
BRAC began its fisheries programme in 1976 for giving extension support to beneficiaries. Later as a response to country-wide demand from commercial fish farmers as wild stocks continued to decline, the programme evolved into BRAC Fisheries and was established as an enterprise in 1998. Today, the fisheries enterprise operates seven prawn hatcheries, three carp hatcheries, three tilapia hatcheries, two parent stock improvement centres and one fish farm. The reach of the enterprise includes around 250 upazilas in 55 districts of Bangladesh through Sales Officers and dealers who provide fish spawn, prawn post larvae, tilapia fry and fingerlings/juveniles to the fish farmers.