Dr. Mohammad Rezaul Hasan did his Ph.D. in Aquaculture and Fish Nutrition from University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, United Kingdom, 1986. Presently he is working as Aquaculture Officer, Aquaculture Branch, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Division, FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Department, Rome, Italy. Before this he worked as Professor at Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU), Mymensingh, Bangladesh. He has over 38 years of development and research experience in aquaculture and aquatic related science: particularly in freshwater aquaculture, fish nutrition & feed development and culture-based fisheries (stock enhancement and biodiversity) conducted in several countries of Asia, Africa and Europe. This includes over 30 years of post-doctoral research and development experience in Asian and African region. The research and development output in these fields have resulted in the publication of over 55 research papers, 8 review papers/case studies and 4 book chapters published in national and international journals and proceedings and reputed publishers and 20 books (FAO Technical Papers, circulars, workshop reports and non-serial publications) published by FAO. Prior to joining FAO, I have formulated and acted as Team Leader, Chief Investigator and Co-investigator of different research and development projects fish nutrition, feed development, aquaculture and inland fisheries funded by national (Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council, Bangladesh University Grants Commission and Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of Bangladesh) and international (International Foundation for Science, Stockholm, Sweden, Danida, WorldFish Centre, NACA1, DfID and GEF2) funding organizations/agencies. During his tenure at Danida Technical Assistance as Section Head of Training and Extension Unit, I supervised all biological studies (research and demonstration) carried out in Oxbow Lakes Project. These research studies resulted in many important findings relevant to the development of appropriate management strategies for culture-based fisheries, fish biodiversity and fishery enhancement in Bangladesh or elsewhere in world. Some of these results were presented in ICLARM3/Danida National Workshop on Policy for Sustainable Inland Fisheries Management, 22-24 March 1997, Dhaka, Bangladesh, FAO4/DFID International Expert Consultation on Inland Fishery Enhancement, 7-11 April 1997, Dhaka, Bangladesh and ACIAR5/MRC6 International Workshop on Reservoir & Culture-Based Fisheries: Biology and Management, Bangkok, Thailand, 15–19 February 2000. Many of these findings were incorporated as management tool for fishers’ use as simple illustrated materials. His position at Danida Technical Assistance also included the supervision of Oxbow Lakes Project (OLP) and Bangladesh Agricultural University Faculty of Fisheries (BAUFF) link programme on staff, student and scientific exchange between BAUFF and OLP.
He worked as a National Consultant (Inland Fisheries Specialist) in Aquatic Resources Development, Management & Conversation Studies of the Fourth Fisheries Project for over two years from December 2001 to September 2004. The studies were funded by a grant from the Global Environmental Facility and were executed by the Department of Fisheries, Government of Bangladesh through a contract with the consortium of MEP Ltd. of UK in association UCIL of Bangladesh. He has 20 years of experience in teaching at under- and post-graduate levels in aquaculture, fish nutrition and aquatic related science. He was involved in curriculum development, supervision of post-graduate research projects, examination of under- and post-graduate, rent consultancies, and organized International Seminars/Workshops.