The Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management (AQ & FM) was carved out of the former Department of Fisheries, Forestry and Wildlife Management (FFWM) in 1992 with a vision to accelerate the teaching/training, adaptive research and out-reach programmes. Before 1992, the former Department of FFWM had jointly trained and produced graduates with Fisheries and Wildlife option from inception of the University in 1989.
Today, the Department is one of the four Departments in the College of Environmental Resources Management (COLERM). She offers programmes leading to award of Bachelors, Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Doctoral Degrees in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management. In year 2002, the Department was awarded the status of a Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management by the Education Trust Fund (ETF) in recognition of giant strides made in the area of training, research and extension for quality man-power development and capacity building. The Department was also honoured with a Distinguished Service Award in 2005 by the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) to recognize her achievements in Human Resources Development. The Department has earned a full Accreditation status as assessed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 2005.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The programme vision is to evolve a scientific transformation of traditional capture and culture fisheries practices in Nigeria towards maximum sustainable exploitation of the country’s vast aquatic resources.
This mandate can be achieved through our activities in training/teaching, adaptive research and outreach programmes.
The main objectives of the Bachelor of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management Programme are:
- To provide practically and theoretical sound manpower in Fisheries who will not only be job creators and hence be employers of labour but can also serve as sources of manpower for all fisheries establishments in the country.
- To engage in Fish production and purposeful research that will solve the country’s fisheries development problems and increase the contribution of fisheries to the gross national product.
- To equip the students with good management skills in fish production, processing and aquacultural practices that will revolutionize and boost fish production and utilization of the nation’s vast marine, brackish and freshwater resources.