Brief History of the DepartmentThe Department of Fisheries, in the Faculty of Agriculture, of the University of Maiduguri was established and took off in 2002/2003 Session in the Faculty building. The first sets of students were admitted in 2002/2003 academic session. The plan of the Department was to train highly skilled graduates (manpower) that will manage and exploit Fisheries resources rationally for the maximum benefit of the Nigerian society. The Department also aims to promote Fisheries industries enterprise, particularly in North East, Nigeria and Nigeria at large. The Department was later moved to Alau village near Lake Alau in Konduga Local government area of Borno State, about 20 Km away from the main campus in 2007. The site with uncompleted infrastructures and fish ponds belonging to Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries, Baga was released to the University by Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resource in 2006. The project was completed by the University and handed over to the Department. Since then, the Department has established production ponds, Fish hatchery, and relevant laboratories required for teaching and research at Alau. Due to the insurgence, the Department was again relocated to the main campus.
The Department has been performing its basic obligations such as teaching, research, and community services since inception in 2002/2003. All students in the Department are usually exposed to both theoretical and practical aspects of Aquaculture and Fisheries management. As part of the training program, all four hundred (400) level students participate in On-campus and Off-Campus (sent out to Fisheries organizations) Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) as recommended by the National Universities Commission (NUC). At the end of the programme, the students will be awarded a Bachelors of Fisheries degree (B. Fisheries). The Department has produced seven (7) sets of graduates. The Department has to start running Masters of Science in Fisheries and Aquaculture in 2013/2014 academic session. The Department has also established a Departmental journal: Nigerian Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture since 2013. The journal has four volumes as of now. The aim of the journal is to share research findings in Nigeria with both national and international Fisheries Scientist, Aquaculturist, Fish Farmers, Fisheries industries and its allied.
The Bachelor of Fisheries in the University is aimed at producing high-level manpower, competent in theory and practice for effective, efficient, and sustainable development of Fisheries and Aquaculture potentials of the country. Students are to be equipped with effective management skills in all aspects of Fisheries including Aquaculture practices, Biotechnology, Fish Processing and Marketing etc. This will enable them to meet the work force needs of the public and private sector Fisheries and Aquaculture establishments in the country. In addition, the programme is designed to engage in meaningful collaborative research nationally and internationally to enhance socio-economic well-being of local fisher folks and fish farmers within and outside the country.
To be a leader in the development of manpower at a higher level in Fisheries and Aquaculture to service both the public and private sectors of the economy to generate employment and create wealth.
The programme structure will be dedicated to training, research, and developmental services using current advances in water resources, fisheries and aquaculture technology.
The only programme obtainable is Bachelor of Fisheries (B. Fisheries (Hons))
These include: departmental building at Lake Alau (2008 – 2012) and Fish Hatchery Complex (2013).
Duration of the programme/study and unit requirements
Admission requirementsThe admission requirement for application to study B. Fisheries is in line with the criteria of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as follows:
|Dr. Bako Mallam MODU
BSc. (Unimaid), MSc. (Sterling), PhD. Terranganu
|Professor Solomon Lambuda LAMAI
BSc. (ABU), MSc (Jos), PhD (Readings)
|Aquaculture and Fish Toxicology|
|Dr. Mohammed Yakubu DIYAWARE
B.Tech., M.Tech., PhD (Yola)
|Fish Genetics and Breeding|
|Mr. Mblari Badawi MSHELIA
BSc. (Yola), MSc. (ABU)
|Mrs. Muinah Moninuola BELLO
B.Fsih (Markurdi), MSc. (Ibadan)
|Mr. Abubakar USMAN
B.Sc (Uimaid), MSc. (Makurdi)
|Mr. Mohammed HASSAN
BSc. (Unimaid), MSc. (ABU)
|Mr. Sa’adu Bala SULEIMAN
BSc., MSc. (Unimaid)
|Fish Genetics and Breeding|
|Zanna Barde MOHAMMED
BSc., Unimaid, MSc. In View.
This has been increasing steadily over the years since 2003/2004 to 2014/2015.
Nigerian Journal of Fisheries and Aquaculture Volume 4, Number 2, September 2016