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Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

 Mohammad Mahfujul Haque

Mohammad Mahfujul Haque

Honorary Professor of Aquaculture Systems and Development;




Mohammad Mahfujul Haque is based at the Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University (BAU, since 2000) where he teaches and researches aquaculture. His main research area is ‘Aquaculture Systems and Development’ combining studies in the natural and social sciences. His research work is highly interdisciplinary and includes studies on the pond environment, poverty, food security, aquatic food safety and climate change. Mahfujul specializes in participatory research and in-depth investigations, applying multivariate analyses based on the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework (SLF), Actor Network Theory (ANT) and Sustainability Assessment of Food and Agriculture (SAFA) to his work. Mahfujul has been involved in over 20 national and international research projects collaborating with scientists in 12 countries.

Mahfujul has published over 40 peer-reviewed and 50 national/regional referred journal articles and written 20 book chapters, policy documents/reports. He regularly reviews journal articles, research proposals and MSc/PhD theses from the Universities in Bangladesh and overseas.

Mahfujul has supervised and co-supervised over 80 MSc students and 12 PhD students.

Contributions to major research and teaching projects:

  • 2008-2011, contributed as the technical Working Group developing Pangasius Aquaculture Dialogue (PAD) Standards of Aquaculture Stewardship Council, implemented by World Wildlife Fund.
  • 2008-2011, monitoring specialist in Decentralized Fish Seed Project under Research into Use Programme (RIU) funded by DFID.
  • 2007-2013 web-based distance MSc Programme between University of Stirling, UK and BAU.
  • 2019-2013, research investigator in EU-funded project - Sustaining Ethical Aquaculture Trade (SEAT, 7th Framework Programme) to increase value and volume of farmed seafood exporting from Asia to EU market.
  • 2013-2014, lead on an EU supported Agriculture and Nutritional Project to develop ‘Integrated Floating Cage Aquageoponics System (IFCAS)’ for improving pond ecosystems.
  • Recent projects include as a research investigator on a number of international collaborative research projects funded by the UKRI -BBSRC that have included the monitoring of pond ecosystems and real-time water quality parameters, use of novel molecular techniques for pond microbiome analysis, cost-effective use of prophylactic health products (PHPs), and the development of a PHP risk and efficacy prediction tool.
  • Current research projects include one on the prudent use of aquaculture pharmaceuticals, particularly antibiotics in Bangladesh with University of Exeter with GCRF funding support and the in country lead for a USAID funded research project applying machine learning technique to estimate aquaculture production and value-chain performance in Bangladesh.
  • Plays an active role in the centre for Sustainable Aquaculture Futures within CLES at Exeter (


2004-2008 - PhD Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling, UK

2000-2001- MSc in Aquaculture, Department of Aquaculture, Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University

1993-1996 - BSc Fisheries (Hons), Faculty of Fisheries, Bangladesh Agricultural University


2020 Global Research Impact Award of BAU - Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES)

2014 Best Presentation Award - Bangladesh Fisheries Research Forum (BFRF)

2013 Best Publication Award (Fisheries) in the International Category - Bangladesh Agricultural University Teachers’ Association (BAUTA)

2001 BAU Gold Medal Award for achieving Distinction (A+) in MSc in Aquaculture

2010 Travel Grants - International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET)

2009 International Research Grants Award - International Foundation for Science (IFS), Sweden


2022- Associate Editor, Frontiers in Aquaculture

2022- Guest Associate Editor, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems and Frontiers in Marine Science

2021- Review Editor, Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems

2021- Section Editor, Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University

2019-2021 Associate Director, Bangladesh Agricultural University Research System (BAURES)

2019-2021 Executive Editor, Journal of Bangladesh Agricultural University

2016-2018 Head, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University

2013-2015 Associate Director, Central Laboratory (Professor Muhammed Hussain Central Laboratory), Bangladesh Agricultural University

2012 - Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University

2008-2012 Associate Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University

2003-2008 Assistant Professor, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University

2000-2003 Lecturer, Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University

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Research interests

Aquaculture Systems, combining studies in the natural and social sciences, including studies on the pond environment, poverty, food security, aquatic food safety and climate change.


  1. Ahammad, A.K.S., Hasan, N.A.,  Bashar, A., Haque, M.M., Abualreesh, M.H., Islam, M.M., Datta, B.K., Rabbi, M.F., Khan, M.G.Q., Alam, M.S. 2022. Diallel Cross Application and Histomolecular Characterization: An Attempt to Develop Reference Stock of Labeo ariza. Biology, 11: 691.
  2. Bashar, A. Hasan, N.A., Haque, M.M. 2022. COVID-19 surged child entrepreneurship in shrimp value chain of Bangladesh. Frontiers in Sustainability,
  3. Heal, R.D., Hasan, N. A., Haque, M.M. 2021. Increasing disease burden and use of drugs and chemicals in Bangladesh shrimp aquaculture: A potential menace to human health. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 172: 112796.
  4. Hasan, N.A., Heal, R.D., Bashar, A., Haque, M.M. 2021. Face masks: protecting the wearer but neglecting the aquatic environment? - A perspective from Bangladesh. Environmental Challenges, 4: 100126.
  5. Hasan, N.A., Heal, R.D., Bashar, A., Bablee, A.L., Haque, M.M. 2021. Impacts of COVID-19 on the finfish aquaculture industry of Bangladesh: A case study. Marine Policy, 130(1):104577.
  6. Heal, R.D., Haque, M.M., Hasan, N.A., Nagoli, J., Arifuzzaman, S., Tyler, C., Bass, D. 2021. Understanding the economic and farming practices driving species selection in aquaculture within the Mymensingh division of Bangladesh, Aquaculture International,
  7. Haque, M.M., Alam, M.D., Hoque, M.S., Hasan, N.A., Nielsen, M., Hossain, M.I., Frederiksen, M., 2021. Can Bangladeshi pangasius farmers comply with the requirements of aquaculture certification? Aquaculture Reports, 21:100811.
  8. Haque, M. M., Haque, M. M., Hasan, N. A., Eltholth, M. M., Saha, P., Mely, S. S., Rahman, T., Murray, F. J., 2021. Assessing the impacts of in-feed probiotic on the growth performance and health condition of pangasius (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) in a farm trial. Aquaculture Reports 20(28):100699.
  9. Horn, S.J., Haque, M.M., Barman, B.K., Little, D.C. 2021. Comparative juvenile performance assessment of genetically improved Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus L.) under commercial conditions in Bangladesh. Aquaculture Research,
  10. Hasan, N.A., Haque, M.M., Bashar, A., Hasan, M.T., Faruk, M.A.R., Ahmed, G.U., 2021. Effects of dietary Papaveraceae extract on growth, feeding response, nutritional quality and serum biochemical indices of striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus). Aquaculture Reports, 21:100793.
  11. Islam, S.R., Ahsan, E., Haque, M.M., Razzak, M.A., Schlüter, L., Podduturi, R., Jørgensen, N.O.G. 2021. Microbial water quality in pangasius and tilapia aquaculture systems in five regions of Bangladesh, Malaysian Journal of Microbiology, 17(4): 435-451.
  12. Bashar, A., Hasan, N. A., Haque, M.M., Rohani, M.F., Hossain, M.S. 2021. Effects of dietary silica nanoparticle on growth performance, protein digestibility, hematology, digestive morphology, and muscle composition of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis Niloticus. Frontiers in Marine Science
  13. Islam, S.R., Haque, M.M., Razzak, M.A., Schlüter, L., Ahsan, E., Podduturi, R., Jørgensen, N.O.G., 2021. Yellow tainting of flesh in Pangasius (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus): Origin of the color and procedures for removal. Aquatic Sciences and Engineering, 36(4): 193-201. 26650/ASE2021862649
  14. Ahammad, A.K., Gani, A., Ahmed, M.B.U., Khan, M.G.Q., Hossain, M.Y., Haque, M.M., Ceylan, H. 2021. Characterization of Best Growing Line of the Minnow, Gymnostomus ariza (Hamilton 1807) through Landmark-based Morphometric Analysis. Egyptian Journal of Aquatic Biology & Fisheries, 25(4): 479-498. 21608/EJABF.2021.191022
  15. Hoque, M.S., Haque, M.M., Nielsen, M., Badiuzzaman, Rahman, M.T., Hossain, M.I., Mahmud, S., Mandal., A.K., Frederiksen, M., Larsen, P. 2021. Prospects and challenges of yellow flesh pangasius in international markets: secondary and primary evidence from Bangladesh. Heliyon, 7(9): e08060.
  16. Ahammad, A.K.S., Hasan, N.A., Haque, M.M., Bashar, A., Ahmed, M.B.U., Alam, M.A., Asaduzzaman, M., Bashar, A., Mahmud, Y. 2021. Environmental factors and genetic diversity as drivers of early gonadal maturation: A gonadosomatic index based investigation on Indian Shad, Tenualosa ilisha population of Bangladesh. Frontiers in Marine Science
  17. Aziz, M.S.B., Hasan, N.A., Mostafizur, M.M. R., Alam, M.M., Haque, M.M. 2021. Decline in fish species diversity due to climatic and anthropogenic factors in Hakaluki Haor, an ecologically critical wetland in northeast Bangladesh. Heliyon, 7(1): e05861.
  18. Ahammad, A.K.S., Asaduzzaman, M., Ahmed, M.B.U., Akter, A., A., Islam, M. S., Haque, M.M., Ceylan, H., Wong, L. L., 2021. Muscle cellularity, growth performance and growth-related gene expression of juvenile climbing perch Anabas testudineus in response to different eggs incubation temperature. Journal of Thermal Biology. 96:102830
  19. Alam, M., Haque, M.M. 2021. Presence of antibacterial substances, nitrofuran metabolites and other chemicals in farmed pangasius and tilapia in Bangladesh: Probabilistic Health Risk Assessment. Toxicology Reports, 4: 100126.
  20. Ahammad, A.K.S., Asaduzzaman, M., Rabbi, M.F., Haque, M.M., Uddin, M. B., Datta, B.K., Haque, M.A., Islam, M.M., Ceylan, H. 2021. Cross breeding programme modulates reproductive outcomes, growth performances and cellular muscle growth of indigenous climbing perch, Anabas testudineusReproduction and Breeding, 1:2(100-107).
  21. Ferriby, H., Nejadhashemi, A.P., Hernandez-Suarez, J.S., Moore, N., Kpodo, J., Kropp, I., Eeswaran, R., Belton, B., Haque, M.M. Harnessing Machine Learning Techniques for Mapping Aquaculture Waterbodies in Bangladesh. Remote Sensing. 13, 4890.
  22. Hasan, N. A., Haque, M. M. 2020. Dataset of white spot disease affected shrimp farmers disaggregated by the variables of farm site, environment, disease history, operational practices, and saline zones. Data in Brief, 31: 105936.
  23. Hasan, N.A., Haque, M.M., Hinchliffe, S.J., Guilder, J. 2020. A sequential assessment of WSD risk factors of shrimp farming in Bangladesh: Looking for a sustainable farming system. Aquaculture, 526: 735348.
  24. Chaput, D.L., Bass, D, Alam, M.M., Hasan, N.A., Stentiford, G.D., van Aerle, R., Moore, K., Bignell, J.P., Haque, M.M., Tyler, C.R. 2020. The Segment Matters: Probable Reassortment of Tilapia Lake Virus (TiLV) Complicates Phylogenetic Analysis and Inference of Geographical Origin of New Isolate from Bangladesh. Viruses, 12(3): 258.
  25. Alam, M.M., Haque, M.M., Aziz, S. B., Mondol, M. M. R. 2019. Development of pangasius–carp polyculture in Bangladesh: Understanding farm characteristics by, and association between, socio-economic and biological variables. Aquaculture, 505:431-440.
  26. Bremer, S., Haque, M.M., Aziz, S.B., Kvamme, S. 2019. ‘My new routine’: Assessing the impact of citizen science on climate adaptation in Bangladesh, Environmental Science & Policy,
  27. Kibria, A.S.M., and Haque, M.M. 2018. Potentials of integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) in freshwater ponds in Bangladesh. Aquaculture Reports, 11:8 – 16.
  28. Bremer S., Blanchard A., Mamnun, N., Mathew Stiller-Reeve, M., Haque, M.M., and Tvinnereim, E. 2017: Narrative as a Method for Eliciting Tacit Knowledge of Climate Variability in Bangladesh. Weather, Climate, and Society, 9(4):669-686.
  29. Haque, M.M., Bremer, S., Aziz, S.B., van der Sluijs, J.P. 2017. A critical assessment of knowledge quality for climate adaptation in Sylhet Division, Bangladesh. Climate Risk Management, 16:43-58.
  30. Ali, H., Haque, M.M., Murshed-e-Jahan, K., Rahi, M. L., Ali, M. M., Al-Masud, M., Faruque, G. 2016. Suitability of different fish species for cultivation in integrated floating cage aquageoponics system (IFCAS) in Bangladesh. Aquaculture Reports, 4: 93–100.
  31. Haque, M.M., Belton, B. Alam, M.M., Ahmed, A.G. and Alam, M.R. 2016. Reuse of fish pond sediments as fertilizer for fodder grass production in Bangladesh: Potential for sustainable intensification and improved nutrition. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 216:226-236.
  32. Henriksson P.J., Rico A. Zhang W. Ahmad-Al-Nahid S., Newton R., Phan L.T., Zhang Z., Jaithiang J., Dao H.M., Phu T.M., Little D.C., Murray F.J., Satapornvanit K., Liu L., Liu Q., Haque M.M., Kruijssen F., de Snoo G. R., Heijungs R., van Bodegom P.M., Guinee J. 2015. A comparison of Asian aquaculture products using statistically supported LCA. Environmental Science and  Technology,
  33. Haque, M. M., Alam, M. R., Alam, M. M., Basak, B., Sumi, K. R., Belton, B., Jahan, K. M. E. 2015. Integrated floating cage aquageoponics system (IFCAS): An innovation in fish and vegetable production for shaded ponds in Bangladesh.Aquaculture Reports, 2:1-9.
  34. Haque, M.M., Little, D.C., Barman, B.K., Wahab, M.A. and Telfer, T.C. 2014. Impacts of decentralized fish fingerling production in irrigated rice fields in Northwest Bangladesh. Aquaculture Research, 45(4):655-674.
  35. Ali, H., Haque M.M., Belton, B. 2013. Striped catfish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus, Sauvage, 1878) aquaculture in Bangladesh: an overview. Aquaculture Research, 44(6):950-965.
  36. Wahab, M. A, Nahid, S. A. A., Ahmed, N., Haque M. M. and Karim, M. 2012. Current status and prospects of farming the giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii, De Man) in Bangladesh, Aquaculture Research, 43: 970-983.
  37. Belton, B., Haque, M.M., Little, D.C. 2012. Does Size Matter? Reassessing the relationship between aquaculture and poverty in Bangladesh, Journal of Development Studies, 48(7): 904-922.
  38. Rico, A., Satapornvanit, K., Haque, M.M., Min, J., Phuong, N.T., Telfer, T.C., van den Brink P.J. 2012. Use of chemicals and biological products in Asian aquaculture and their potential environmental risks: a critical review, Reviews in Aquaculture, 4(2): 75-93.
  39. Belton, B., Haque, M.M., Little, D.C. and Sinh, L.X. 2011. Certifying catfish in Vietnam and Bangladesh: Who will make the grade and will it matter? Food Policy, 36 (2):289-299.
  40. Haque, M.M., Little, D.C., Barman, B.K., Wahab, M.A. 2010. The adoption process of ricefield based fish seed production in Northwest Bangladesh: an understanding through quantitative and qualitative investigation, Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension 16(2): 161-177.
  41. Azad, M.A.K., HaqueM.M. 2003. Issues related to livelihood and socio-economic condition of coastal fishers in Bangladesh, with special reference to integrated coastal zone management. Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 2(10): 564-571.

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External Engagement and Impact

Administrative responsibilities

Since 11 October, 2021 I am working as the Director of International Desk, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh

Editorial responsibilities

Currently working as the Guest Associate Editor of two Journals, which are:

  • Frontiers in Marine Fisheries, Aquaculture and Living Resources
  • Frontiers in Aquatic Foods

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At the Department of Aquaculture, Bangladesh Agricultural University, I teach a wide range of courses of aquaculture at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level. The courses at different levels are as follows.

Undergraduate level: Aquafarm Design and Construction, Industrial Aquaculture & Certification and Applied Aquaculture  

Masters level: Aqufarm Operation, Integrated Aquaculture and Sustainable Aquaculture & Climate Change

PhD level: Aquaculture Value Chain, Aquaculture Systems and Automated Aquaculture

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