BRAC Fisheries was initiated in 1976 as a post-war rehabilitation effort for women living in poverty in the Sunamganj area. These areas were surrounded by water bodies that had not been put to productive use. BRAC provided boats and fishing nets to local people so they could generate income through fishing. Initially, training and technical support were provided to the people interested in cultivating fish. The social mission back then was to provide these previously unemployed people with work that would lead to financial solvency for them. However, BRAC staff soon realised that there was a lack of quality fish spawn in the market as it was difficult to collect the product from the government or external sources. To meet the demand, BRAC initiated its own fish hatchery, which then evolved into an enterprise in 2008, with a new social goal – making quality fish spawn easily available to the fish farmers of Bangladesh.

BRAC Fisheries started its operations to fulfil the demand for quality fish seeds of tilapia, carp, catfish, and shrimp to ensure high-yielding production for fish farmers. BRAC Fisheries continues to disseminate fish seeds all over the country through nine hatcheries located in nine districts- Sreemangal-Moulvibazar, Noakhali, Magura, Pabna, Sherpur-Bogra, Barisal, Dumuria-Khulna, Dinajpur, and Muktagacha-Mymensingh.


6 Parent stock centres and 16 hatcheries
22 Fish seed variants with 4 major categories of fish seed
Fish seed supply to 5,000-7,000 farmers a year
64 district coverage through 98 sales points
  • As a part of the collaborative approach with the government, BRAC Fisheries Plays a significant role in Fish seed farming which increases the national fish seed production.
    Kh. Mahbubul Haque
    Director General, Department of Fisheries





BRAC Tilapia

BRAC Tilapia-1, and BRAC Tilapia-2

Carp Fish

Ruhu, Catla, Mrigal, Silver Carp, Bata, Black Carp, Bighead Carp, Mirror carp, Gonia, Carpio, Raikh etc.


Pabda, Shing, Magur, Gulsha, Tengra

Prawn Post Larvae







BRAC Fisheries secured 4 national awards in 2002, 2009, 2013 and 2022.






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