Alifa Bintha Haque

PhD researcher



Bycatch Working Group - IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group

The IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group (SSG)

Department of Zoology, Dhaka University, Bangladesh
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Interests and expertise

I am a marine biologist focusing on conserving sharks and rays in the global south context. In a nutshell, my doctoral research- i) address the dearth of critical data for the understanding of elasmobranch fisheries in Bangladesh; ii) assesses the vulnerability of existing species and sustainability of elasmobranch fishery against contemporary fishing pressures; which will, in turn, iii) contribute to the National Plan of Action for Sharks and rays-Bangladesh as part of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)- International Plan of Action for Conservation and Management of Sharks. Based on the results of my research, I will identify ecological, social, and political challenges and opportunities for implementing a more inclusive management regime for sharks and rays in Bangladesh. My research will also contribute to developing a unified sustainability model for developing countries’ contexts that embraces baseline and incorporates socio-ecological perspectives in management decision making.


I completed my BS in Zoology (2011) and MS in Fisheries (2012) from the Dept. of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. As a Commonwealth Scholar, I pursued another MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management (2014) at the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford. Since 2019, I have been pursuing doctoral studies at NbSI in Dept. of Zoology, Oxford with the support of a Bangabandhu Scholarship.

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