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Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre of Excellence

Institute of Oceanography, University of Calabar


Some Pond Facilities

The Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre of Excellence for the South South Nigeria was established in the University of Calabar through funding by the Educational Trust Fund (ETF) in 2006 as part of the ETF programme for the establishment of such centers in various disciplines across Nigerian Universities.  The center was awarded to the University of Calabar on the basis of a winning proposal by the Institute of Oceanography for a N65m funding grant.



Objectives and Goals of the Centre

Goals and Objectives of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Centre of Excellence include the following:

  • Provide facilities for frontline research in fisheries and aquaculture for the South South Zone of Nigeria

  • Provide facilities for training at all levels of fisheries and aquaculture – particularly at the post-graduate levels – PGD, M.Sc and Ph.D

  • Organize workshops, conference, and training on topical issues of aquaculture

  • Engage in linkage and cooperation with like national and international bodies.


The following activities areas are relevant to her mandate:


Research and Training

The Center of Excellence is required to function as a foremost destination for research and training in the field of fisheries and aquaculture for the South South Zone. Manpower and facilities at the center support post graduate research leading to PGD, M. Sc and Ph.D degrees in fisheries and aquaculture.  Up to 12 such candidates are prepared annually for the various degrees.   


Fish Feed Mill operation

Feed availability in sufficient quantity and quality continues to define the success of aquaculture in sub Saharan African. The Center shall intervene in addressing this problem in her mandate area. A complete extruded fish feed line is currently nearing completing at the centre with a production capacity of up to 8 mT /day of fish feed.  Produced feed shall serve the farm at the centre as well as supply farmers in the catchment area. Additionally, research into natural and alternative fish feed sources for sustainable aquaculture receives priority at the center.

Hatchery Complex and Fingerling Production

The Center operates a medium size fish hatchery complex for the production of catfish and tilapia fingerlings. Production capacity is in the region of 300,000 for catfish and 1,000,000 for tilapia fingerlings. Additionally, current research is going on into the reproductive biology of new aquaculture candidates such as Channa obscura and Macrobrachium


Table Fish Production

Production facilities available include a 3ha earthen pond capability as well 244m3 of concrete tank infrastructure for intensive table fish production.  Total annual production capacity at full capacity utilization is projected at least 160 mT which would mean a substantial addition to fish availability in the immediate impact area.


Consultancy and Training

Consultancy services to the general public is geared towards establishment of viable fish farming establishment as a means of boosting aquaculture production in the zone.  In this regard, trained staff and facilities of the Centre are made available to the investing public seeking information and inputs into aquaculture establishments.  Through operation of feed mill and hatchery, the centre is in a position to provide the basic input determinants for successful aquaculture enterprise. 


Income Generation

Through her various activities, the Center of Excellence is required to generate income as contribution to the University’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base as well as to support research and training at the expiration of ETF direct funding.  To this end, the Center has developed a strategic business plan to cover an initial Period of three years of operation.

Major facilities available at the centre for the execution of her mandate include the following:


i)                         Earthen pond facilities for research and production (3ha)

ii)                       Concrete tanks for intensive production (278m3)

iii)                    Fish Feed Mill (steam extruded feed Production 1.5mT/hr capacity)

iv)                     Fish Hatchery (catfish and tilapia fingerling production)

v)                       Water Quality Management Laboratory

vi)                     Fish Pathology Laboratory

vii)                  Fisheries and Aquaculture Documentation Centre

viii)                 Internet Center

ix)                     12m outboard powered nearshore patrol boat (Plankton Fisher)


Some major production facilities at the center are shown in Plates 1-3  and general schematic layout is presented as in the figure below







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