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Greener Journal of  Biological Sciences Vol. 3 (7), pp. 260-267, September 2013.

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Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 122912346

 

Evaluation of the Fisheries Potentials ofEgbe Reservoir, Ekiti State, Nigeria.

 

 

Edward J. B.

 

 

Department of  Zoology, Ekiti State University, P.M.B. 5363, Ado- Ekiti,  Ekiti State, Nigeria.

 

 

Email: bolajiedward @yahoo .co .uk. Tel: +23407031045805


Abstract:

The fish composition and abundance of Egbe Reservoir, Egbe Ekiti, Ekiti State were investigated from September 2005 to December 2006. Fish samples were collected from fishermen using funnel traps, gill nets and cast nets, 75mm mesh size. Five families of fish: Cichlidae, Clariidae, Channidae, Hepsetidae, and Mormyridae consisting of eight species were encountered. Cichlidae dominated the fish population (52.1%) and Oreochromis niloticus was the most abundant species. Estimated annual potential fish yield was 413.9 kg/ha/annum while post-calculated fish yield was 126.6kg/ha with 4.8% of the fishery resources exploited. The few species of fish and their abundance encountered in the reservoir indicated that the reservoir is under- exploited and it can support increased fish production if adequately stocked and properly managed to enhance sustainable use of its aquatic resources.

Keywords: Fish, Abundance, Egbe Reservoir, Sustainable, Potential Supply.

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