The Department of Fisheries and Water Resources (DFWR), was established in 2013 under the School of Natural Resources. DFWR is directly concerned with research and training of fisheries/ aquaculture scientists and practitioners. It is the only Department in Ghana to run combined degree in Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The vision of DFWR is to become a leading Department in teaching, research and community outreach in advancing and promoting food security, employment and water management. Currently, the Department runs a BSc. Natural Resources Management with Specialization in Fisheries and Aquaculture (both Regular and Top-Up). Upcoming programmes include BSc. AquaBusiness and Fisheries, MSc. Fisheries Management, MSc. Sustainable Aquaculture.

During the year under review, DoFWR in collaboration with the Fisheries and Aquaculture Society and Sunyani Fish Farmers Association celebrated the 2018 World Fisheries. The Department with the support of Management acquired the improved Ahotor Fish Smoker which is one of its kind the region.

The Department also mounted Top-Up BSc. Natural Resource Management (Fisheries and Aquaculture option). The Department also made contributions to the national fisheries and aquaculture sector. A staff was nominated to serve on the National Committee on Aquaculture by the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development (MoFAD). Two members were appointed as Executive Members of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Society of Ghana (FASoG). Also, the Department assessed the impact of the 2019 closed fishing season by visiting all the four coastal regions.

During the year under review, the Aquaculture Research and Production Centre was used to train students for both theoretical and practical purposes. It was also used to educate fish farmers who normally require technical advice on their farms. One hundred and nine (109) students were trained on various aquaculture operations. The Department has liaised with the Fisheries Commission to supply fingerlings from the farm to fish farmers in the Ahafo, Bono, and Bono East and even beyond the borders of these regions. The Farm has also produced some quality matured fish for sale to UENR staff.

Below is a summary of activities on the farm for 2018/2019 academic year:

 

Table size fish production Fingerling Production Number of Students Trained
234.8kg Fish produced during period under review 15,436 fingerlings produced during the period under consideration 109 students have been trained using the center
  • The Department is in discussion with Shanghai Ocean University (China) for collaboration in the areas of teaching (undergraduate and post-graduate), research and staff development. The proposed fields are fisheries economics and management, aquaculture, fisheries (resources, fishing technology) and hydrobiology.

    The Department is in the process of establishing a new aquaculture facility. Sponsorships have been solicited from some corporate bodies which is yielding positive response so far. Moreover, the Department would be going into fish processing and utilization to ensure that the general public get quality fish for consumption. The Department will be joining a consortium to run the management and capacity building of small pelagic fisheries in West Africa (GREPPAO) project valued at €1.5m Euros.