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Alifa Bintha Haque

DPhil Student

Interest and Expertise
My research interest primarily lies in marine fisheries management. I have been working in the field
of marine conservation science since 2016. I worked to tackle and unveil the trade dynamic of shark and ray products originating from Bangladesh which was the first step to understand how shark conservation will work within the context of our country. I believe a three-pronged approach including research, alleviating research-practitioner gap and social change keeping the primary resources users’ perspective at the core is essential. Only regulatory measures would never work in such a situation of resources constrain, limited education and livelihood options. Hence my research focuses on these aspects.

In my DPhil project, I am looking at how biological sustainability of specie can be used to provide insights for sustainable fisheries with a focus on sharks and rays in Bangladesh. My goal is to initiate evidence-based marine conservation in Bangladesh inclusive of the primary resource users (the fishers) perspective and participation.

Background

I have a background in Zoology (BS in Zoology, University of Dhaka) and a Masters in Fisheries. I also
did another MSc in Biodiversity Conservation and Management (University of Oxford). I worked on
a marine turtle conservation project in North Cyprus (University of Exeter) as a volunteer. I am a ZSL
EDGE National Geographic Photo Ark fellow (2019-2020) working on sawfish conservation. I have also
conducted several projects on sharks and rays in Bangladesh with the support of Save Our Seas
Foundation, Wildlife Conservation Society and Ministry of Science and Technology, Bangladesh.

Alifa Bintha Haque