M. Belal Hossain

M. Belal Hossain
Noakhali Science & Technology University · Department of Fisheries and Marine Science

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
Research expertise and interests include: Aquatic ecology, Marine Fisheries and coastal Aquaculture, biodiversity and impacts of human activities and climate change on marine organisms and ecosystems. Ecological and health risk assessment of metals and microplastics. Environmental Impact Assessment, Marine laws.
Additional affiliations
December 2015 - November 2016
Noakhali Science & Technology University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
May 2015 - September 2015
AMRI , Australia
Position
  • PostDoc Position
April 2011 - February 2015
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Position
  • Ph.D Research, Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Education
April 2011 - February 2015
Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Field of study
  • Environmental Science
September 2003 - August 2004
University of Hull
Field of study
  • Estuarine and Coastal Science

Publications

Publications (203)
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Wetlands are highly productive and diverse ecosystems providing home to thousands of organisms. These ecosystems reduce water pollution, sequester carbon, support livelihoods, and increase food security. However, these ecological functions are being impeded due to increased levels of metals in the environment. Therefore, the primary objective of th...
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Heavy metal contamination in aquaculture farm sediment may create a major risk to ecosystem and human health via the food web as a result of poor handling, incorrect waste management, and extensive use of artificial feed to increase yield and make profit. In this study, heavy metals (e.g., Cd, Cr, Pb, Cu, Zn, Mn, and Ni) were analyzed to examine th...
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Saltmarsh is one of the most productive coastal habitats in the marine environment, and the macroinvertebrate community is crucial to its ecology and productivity. These productive ecosystems are currently under threat due to climate change and anthropogenic activities. However, macroinvertebrate communities and their functionality in saltmarsh fro...
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Sustainability in aquaculture or agriculture production is depended on its successive use of natural resources that can ensure economic increment and sustainability of the livelihood of people. The objective of the study was to find out suitable combination of rice-fish-vegetable to be cultured in rainfed rice field. Two experiments were conducted...
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Understanding the vertical distribution of heavy metals aids in tracing the contamination history, however, it is limited for mangrove-dominated river. Thus, this study aimed to assess the vertical distribution of nine heavy metals and their possible ecological risk in several layers of core sediments from a mangrove-dominated river inside the Sund...
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The occurrence of microplastics (MPs) in aquatic environments has been a global concern because they are toxic and persistent and may serve as a vector for many legacies and emerging pollutants. MPs are discharged to aquatic environments from different sources, especially from wastewater plants (WWPs), causing severe impacts on aquatic organisms. T...
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Estuarine contamination by Microplastics (MPs) is a mater of serious concern since these areas offer the society valuable ecosystem, economic, and recreational services such as breeding and feeding ground for fish, carbon fixation, nutrients recycling and port development. The Meghna estuary, located along the Bengal delta coast, provides livelihoo...
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Bangladesh, one of the top fish producers in the world, has rapidly been expanding its annual fish production. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and related preventative measures have had a substantial impact on the nation's fishing sector. In this study, a survey was performed in the Brahmanbaria subdistrict of Bangladesh to assess the impact of COVI...
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Trace-element or heavy-metal pollution has emerged as a serious concern in terms of both environmental and human health issues. This study measured six trace and toxic heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Cr, Ni, Cu, and Zn) in four marine fish and shrimp species to assess their accumulation levels and evaluate the risks to human health. The mean concentrations o...
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Homestead ponds are small seasonal ponds that are rarely utilized for fish farming. Culturing fish in these small ponds can boost household fish consumption and cash inflow. The availability of nutrients in the water and sediment, however, plays a significant role in the pond’s natural productivity. This study was conducted to assess nutrient conte...
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Sediment samples of different wetland types (saltmarsh, mangrove, tidal pool, mudflat and sandflat) from an urbanized estuary were analyzed to evaluate the contamination level and ecological risks of five heavy metals (Pb, Fe, Zn, Ni and Cr). The findings showed that the mean concentration (mg/kg) of heavy metals followed the order of Fe > Zn > Ni...
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An estuary represents a transition point between freshwater and saltwater and has a complex but productive environment due to a strong interplay between geological, physical, chemical, and biological processes. In Bangladesh, the ecological factors and biodiversity of different estuaries have been investigated for the last 35 years. However, the da...
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Coastal homestead ponds are flooded during the rainy season and only hold water for five to six months. For coastal rural people, these ponds have a substantial impact on household nutrition and income generation. However, choosing the right culture techniques, stocking density , and seed size are necessary for fish aquaculture to be effective in t...
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Pollution from shipping, industrial, and municipal wastewater discharges is a major source of heavy-metal contamination at seaports located near estuaries or along the coast. In this study, for the first time, nine metal(loid)s (Pb, Cd, Cr, Cu, Mn, Zn, Ni, Fe, and As) were analyzed from the surface sediment of two major seaports on the Bay of Benga...
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Heavy metal accumulation in aquaculture farms has become a major problem due to the widespread use of artificial feed to enhance fish productivity. To estimate the contamination level and identify metal sources, we investigated the amounts of seven heavy metals (Cu, Zn, Pb, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Mn) in the surface water of commercial freshwater aquacultu...
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As an intermediary connection between primary producers and higher trophic levels, zooplankton are an important component of the aquatic food chain, contributing significantly to aquatic biological productivity. This study describes the zooplankton diversity and community structure, as well as their relationships with ecological factors, in homeste...
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Simple Summary: Harmful algae are those which release toxins to the aquatic ecosystems. Excessive growth of these algae can kill fish, create anoxia, impede aquaculture activities and contaminate aquatic food. Therefore, it is important to investigate their occurrence, diversity and abundance in pond aquaculture systems. In this study, we have iden...
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In aquatic environments, microplastics (MPs) are pervasive which could have a considerable negative impact on the environment, organisms and pose a risk to human health. However, knowledge about the exposure and ecological risk of MPs in the coastal ecosystems of South Asian countries is limited. In this study, we analyzed salt samples from five co...
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The coastal zone of Bangladesh, with a population density of 1278 people per square kilometer, is under serious threat due to heavy metal pollution. To date, many studies have been conducted on the heavy metal contamination in soils, water, aquatic animals, and plants in the coastal zone of Bangladesh; however, the available information is disperse...
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Major carps, native freshwater fish in South Asian nations, are economically valuable fish species with high market demand. Coastal rural people can cultivate them in their own seasonal, largely underutilized, small homestead ponds with low input and understanding. However, the major problems with fish production in this region are the lack of qual...
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Toxic metal pollution is a global issue, and the use of metal-accumulating plants to clean contaminated ecosystems is one of the most rapidly growing ecologically beneficial and cost-effective technologies. In this study, samples of sediment and three mangrove species (Excoecaria agallocha, Avicennia officinalis, Sonneratia apetala) were collected...
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Globally, both natural water bodies and aquaculture systems are being severely contaminated by heavy metals due to rising anthropogenic activities. Fish living in aquatic environments can easily accumulate metals in their bodies, which can then be transferred to consumers and put them at risk. In this study, metal concentrations (Pb, Cd, Cr, As, Mn...
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Earlier research has mostly focused on the impacts of stocking density on fish growth, yield, and survival rate; however, knowledge of the effects of stocking larger-sized fish, particularly Nile Tilapia, is lacking. This type of research is critically important for increasing food security, achieving sustainable goals, and facing the challenges of...
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Assessment of benthic diversity and estuarine ecological quality is becoming increasingly important. Estuaries are not only highly productive and variable environments, but they are also areas of high anthropogenic perturbations. In this study, benthic macrofauna were sorted, identified and analyzed from a freshwater-dominated tropical estuary alon...
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Microplastics (MPs) have become an emerging global pollutant due to their widespread dispersion and potential threats to marine ecosystems. However, studies on MPs in estuarine and coastal ecosystems of Bangladesh are very limited. Here, we conducted the first study on abundance, distribution, characteristics, and risk assessment of microplastics i...
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Kuakata beach, known as Daughter of Sea in Bangladesh, has drawn a growing number of tourists from all over the world, leading to the higher use of single plastic products. This study was a first attempt to describe the occurrence, spatial distribution, and ecological risk of microplastics (MPs) in Kuakata beach sediments. A total of 24 surface sed...
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Shrimp is one of the major export products in South Asian countries and also an eminent source of nutrition for humans. Hence, any negative effect of this industry may affect not only the country’s economy but also human health. Therefore, in this study, we aimed to assess heavy metal contamination and associated human health risks in cultured shri...
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Though Biofloc Technology is a new concept in Bangladesh, it provides advantages for improving aquaculture production in many countries, leading to achieve sustainable development goals. The objectives of this study were to determine the effects of stocking densities on the growth performance of stinging catfish (Heteropneustes fossilis) under Biof...
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This investigation measured the extent of heavy metal concentrations (Cr, Pb, Fe, Zn and Ni) in nine finfish and shellfish species from a tropical estuary to determine the degree of pollution and evaluate the human health risk from the exposure to heavy metals through consumption of fish. The hierarchy of mean concentrations (mg/kg) of the heavy me...
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Hangzhou Bay is facing severe anthropogenic perturbation because of its geographic position. We studied species-specific bioaccumulation of metals in commercially important fishes and shellfishes, and calculated the potential human health hazards through their consumption, which has not been reported earlier from this area. The hierarchy of metal c...
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The lower Meghna River, the easternmost part of the Ganges Delta, faces severe anthropogenic perturbations as it receives a huge discharge and industrial effluents. To measure the metal concentrations and human health hazards, edible tissues of 15 commercially important fish species were collected from the local fish markets and the lower Meghna Ri...
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This study looked into the effects of varying stocking density of Mola, Amblypharyngodon mola on environment and productivity of culture pond of Bangladesh. Nine earthen ponds with an average depth of 1.5 m were randomly allocated in three treatments such as T , T and T. The mola fish collected locally and 1 2 3 released in three stocking densities...
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The world has already experienced the severe adverse effects of COVID-19 at every level. When it became understood that the COVID-19 infection is spread in the community via respiratory transmission from humans, then the widespread use of plastic-made personal protective equipments (PPEs) like face masks and hand gloves tremendously increased throu...
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The world has already experienced the severe adverse effects of COVID-19 at every level. When it became understood that the COVID-19 infection is spread in the community via respiratory transmission from humans, then the widespread use of plastic-made personal protective equipments (PPEs) like face masks and hand gloves tremendously increased throu...
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The current study was conducted to compare the nutritional values of the wild-captured Pangasianodon hypophthalmus and those of the farm-cultured Pangasius pangasius, pangas. Fish samples were collected from the Meghna River Estuary (from the river and a fish farm) from October 2018 till January 2020 with respect to three seasons. Moisture, protein...
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Contamination of aquatic ecosystems by various sources has become a major worry all over the world. Pollutants can enter the human body through the food chain from aquatic and soil habitats. These pollutants can cause various chronic diseases in humans and mortality if they collect in the body over an extended period. Although the phytoremediation...
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Assessment of elemental contamination is emerging research in the present world. Metals are hazardous to the environment and people's healthwhen metals concentration might exceed the tolerable level. In this research, 12 elements (i.e., Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Co, Pb, Fe, Rb, and Ti) were assessed using the energy dispersive fluorescence X-ray...
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Vertical heavy metal profiling reflects the history of the deposition of metals and helps to understand the characteristics of accumulation in various layers of the sediment. Nevertheless, no previous studies in Bangladesh had focused on the vertical distribution of heavy metals in core sediments. In this study, vertical distribution, contamination...
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The integrity of the homestead pond supply depends on how various macrobenthic communities make their living more diversified and contribute to complex food webs. In addition, the macrobenthic community are significantly used as indicator organisms to detect the pollution impacts in aquatic ecosystems. In this study, we show the data about the dive...
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As a cheap source of high-quality protein, healthy fats and essential nutrients, dried fish is a common item in the daily diet of the Bangladesh populace. In this study, ten types of widely consumed dried fish ( H. neherius, T. lepturu, P.chinensis, P. affinis, A. mola, P. microdon, I. megaloptera, C. dussumieri, L. calcarifer, and G. chapra ) were...
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Sediment samples were collected from ten selected sites of the lower Meghna River estuary, and six heavy metals were analyzed with Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) to assess the contamination level and the metals’ association with sediment grain size. The current results revealed that the mean concentrations of the studied metals were rank...
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Wetlands such as mangroves are major centres of biodiversity and the production of ecosystem services from which society gathers goods and benefits. However, these attributes rely on a high environmental quality. That quality is recorded by quantitative indicators which are essential for environmental management. As such, three different salinity d...
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Sediment samples from the Gomti River basin were investigated to determine and evaluate trace metal concentrations, their biological effect, and potential ecological and human health risks for adults and children. The mean concentrations of trace metals were organized in the descending order of mercury (Hg) (0.08 mg/kg) > chromium (Cr) (0.06 mg/kg)...
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Each food form is considered to have greater affinity if enriched with nutritional and bioactive compounds. This study was undertaken to evaluate the bioactive compounds, antioxidant properties, and proximate composition of two seaweeds i.e., Hypnea musciformis and Gelidium pusillum and a freshwater weed i.e., Ipomoea aquatica, in search of potenti...
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The surface salt marsh sediments from marine ecosystems in the Bay of Bengal, Bangladesh was assessed for trace elements like iron (Fe), calcium (Ca), titanium (Ti), potassium (K), strontium (Sr), rubidium (Rb), zirconium (Zr), zinc (Zn), copper (Cu) and lead (Pb), their potential sources, and associated ecological risks. The range of trace element...
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Macrobenthos are ecological indicators and also work as biological engineers in any aquatic ecosystem. The present study aims to assess the abundance and distribution of macrobenthos along the Gomti river, Bangladesh during the post-monsoon season. A total of 11 families of macrobenthos were identified during the study period and reporting to be 58...
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The study assessed the contamination level of seven heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Cr, Ni, Zn, As, and Cu) along with their potential ecological risks in sediments from the Halda river which is the largest natural carp breeding ground in South Asia. The concentration levels (mg/kg) of seven heavy metals from ten sampling sites were organized in the followin...
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Homestead ponds may offer an ideal opportunity in contribution to household income , fish consumption through fish culture. Phytoplankton plays a key indicator in pond productivity. However, the phytoplankton communities in the homestead ponds are nearly undetermined in Bangladesh. This study summarizes the phyto-plankton diversity, assemblage and...
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Estimating the nutrient composition of edible fish is the most important aspect of fish nutrition. Ten small indigenous species (SIS) were collected from the homestead ponds of the Noakhali coast, Bangladesh, to estimate and compare their nutrient composition. The major nutrient compositions (like protein, fat, moisture, ash, and carbohydrate) of r...
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Estimating the nutrient composition of edible fish is the most important aspect of fish nutrition. Ten small indigenous species (SIS) were collected from the homestead ponds of the Noakhali coast, Bangladesh, to estimate and compare their nutrient composition. The major nutrient compositions (like protein, fat, moisture, ash, and carbohydrate) of r...
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This study aimed to provide the first description of the presence, quantity, and diversity of microplastics (MPs) in intertidal sediments from the world's longest natural beach, Cox's Bazar. MPs were extracted from 24 surficial sediment samples through the density separation method, and identification was carried out using a stereomicroscope. Resul...
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This study describes the distribution of five heavy metals in water of the Gomti River and the evaluation of human health risk for both adults and children. Metal contents were detected using ICP-MS (Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry). Analysis of results revealed that the range of concentrations were arranged as descending order (mg/l)...
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Studies from around the world have suggested salt marshes or coastal wetlands can be used as sites for phytoremediation of metals. However, no investigations have been conducted to assess metal accumulation and translocation capabilities of salt marsh macrophytes from Bangladesh coastal area. The aim of this study was to evaluate the uptake and tra...
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Rahman MDH, Hossain MB, Habib A, Noman MDA, Mondal S. 2021. Mangrove associated macrobenthos community structure from an estuarine island. Biodiversitas 22: 247-252. Macroinvertebrate living on or around the mangroves has not been or less investigated in Bangladesh. This study was carried out to describe the density, distribution, and community str...
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Lipi JA, Noman MDA, Hossain MB, Abu Hena MK, Idris MH. 2020. Effects of ship-breaking activities on the abundance and diversity of macrobenthos in Sitakundu Coast, Bangladesh. Biodiversitas 21: 5085-5093. To articulate the ecological processes or anthropogenic impacts, it is necessary to explore various distributional patterns of benthic communitie...
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Aim: Methodology: Results: Interpretation: Keywords: Current investigation was conducted to elucidate the occurrence of malnutrition and related factors of pond fish farmers from Noakhali coast, Bangladesh. Eighty male pond fish farmers, aged 18-70 years, from Noakhali Sadar, Subarnachar, Kobirhat and Ramgati upazila of Noakhali coast, Bangladesh w...