The field laboratory is a unique facility for teaching, research and training activities of the Faculty of Fisheries.With a total area of 25 ha, the complex started its operation in 1996. There is a large lake (3 ha) and 16 experimental ponds with water regulation facilities. In addition to these, there are over 100 ponds of different sizes being used for research purposes. A hatchery is also run in the complex that provides excellent opportunity for the students of the Faculty to gain practical experience especially on fish breeding, larval rearing, and genetics of fishes. Undergraduate students regularly visit the laboratory complex for their practical classes, while M.S. and Ph.D. students carry out their research and field trials at this complex. The facilities of the field laboratory complex are regularly upgraded to keep pace with the national as well as global standard.
A senior teacher remains as Director for functioning of the field Laboratory. He is also responsible for his performance to the dean and the management committee.
BAU Fish Farm
The BAU Fish Farm began its activities with 6 ponds with a total water area of 8 ha. Fish Farm is under the administration of an Officer-in-Charge who works according to the advice and decision of a Committee known as Fish Farm Management and Advisory committee headed by the Dean of the Faculty of Fisheries. The Officer-in-Charge is the implementing authority while the committee is decision-making authority. The Officer-in-Charge looks after the overall management of the Fish Farm. The Officer-in-Charge has a number of manpower in the Fish farm for the successful management of the Fish Farm activities e.g. protection of fish; nursing, rearing and stocking of fish; achieve the financial target fixed up by the university authority every year.
Besides the commercial aspects, the BAU Fish Farm is also utilized for the undergraduate and graduate studies and research, and to provide practical knowledge on commercial management of a farm. Mostly indigenous Carps species along with some exoticcarps are cultured in this fish farm.
To promote income from the internal resources, the university sets an annual financial target, which is expected to be achieved through angling and/or fish sale. Moreover, as part of its commitment to be used in community recreation, especially, as for the amusement of the amateur anglers, fish farm arranges 6-8 angling tournaments each year in 2 big lakes. BAU Fish Farm is one of the largest angling spot in the country. Fish Farm also nurses spawn, maintain brood stock, supplies brood fish for spawning in Faculty’s hatchery and participates in the national programs e.g. fry release during Fisheries Week, Fish Fortnight.
Fish Museum and Biodiversity Centre
Fish Museum and Germplasm Center (FMGC), established in2009 is affiliated with Faculty of Fisheries of Bangladesh Agricultural University. FMGC is one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia given the size and diversity of its exhibits and collections. Despite being less than four years old, the museum already boasts an impressive collection of riverine species from Bangladesh. Five rooms have already been renovated and include exhibits on extinct fossil and contemporary species, interactive exhibits and a media room. Further exhibits are planned and the museum staffs are working tirelessly to secure supporting funds and further specimens for exhibiting. In future the museum will include interactive public aquaria and bespoke systems for research purposes for conservation based initiatives. It is intended that research facilities will include aquaria for maintaining large and small indigenous fish species, on-station and field capacity to study fish biology, a cryogenic fish gene bank, DNA collections and a fish germplasm center (live gene bank) with proper breeding and mass seed production facilities of wild and threatened species.
Goals and Mission of FMGC
The goal of the FMGC is to create an educational centre using interactive exhibits that focuses on Bangladesh’s rich cultural history of fishing and fish culture and in raising local and international awareness of the need to change fishing practices to conserve and ensure the sustainability of Bangladesh’s aquatic fauna. The objective is to achieve this through inspiring educational exhibits, by maintaining and developing scientific collections for public display, by conducting research on fish biology and biodiversity and different approaches of in-situ and ex-situ fish conservation and by fostering links with other recognised museums and research centres internationally.
Fisheries Resource Centre (FRC)
A library cum information centre, name “Fisheries Resource Centre” has been newly established in the Faculty of Fisheries in the year 2010 to meet the need of the students and teachers regarding books, periodicals and search for information through internet browsing. It is located in the first floor and within a year it has been widely used by the students of both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A good number of text book, periodical, journal and academic materials have been collected. The centre has been supported by the British Council, Dhaka through providing over 500 books in English literature.The centre has been enriched with the Bangla literature as well. A good number of computer with internet facilities have been provided to the FRC. A part-time librarian has been given the responsibilities of management of the library.