Origin & Legal Status
BFRF is an outcome of the DFID funded Support for University Fisheries Education and Research (SUFER) Project’ implemented by the University Grants Commission (UGC) during1999 to 2004. The aim of the SUFER was to improve the ability of the universities fisheries education and research in Bangladesh to support building the capability of aquatic resource development in ways that particularly focus the needs of the poor. On completion of the project period, SUFER handed over its responsibilities to BFRF through wider stakeholders conscious by adopting the latter’s constitution in March 2004 in a National Workshop held at the Bangladesh Institution of Administrative Management (BIAM), Eskaton, Dhaka. UGC has kindly provided the office room and other facilities to the BFRF. BFRF is a national, non-political and non- profit professional body with the memberships from the universities, DOF, BFRI, BFDC, NGOs, private sectors, other departments involved and committed to fisheries and aquatic resources development. It is not an alternative to any institute or organization rather a complimentary umbrella organization with missionary zeal to serve the fisheries sector through enhancing collaboration among various stakeholders. BFRF is run by a 15 member Executive Committee.
BFRF is registered under the Companies Act of 1994 with Joint Stock Companies, Govt. of Bangladesh. Reg. No. C-665(05)/06 dated: 11 Sept. 2006