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To become a foremost centre of excellence in fisheries and aquatic studies

To strive to provide high quality education and research in fisheries and aquatic studies

The general philosophy of the Department is to train production-oriented graduates for effective exploitation and management of the fishery resources of our waters and develop the vast brackish water, back swamps, freshwater rivers and swamps, and the marine environment. The programme is designed to equip students with broad-based practical and functional skills and technical know-how for boosting fish production as well as tackling problems of fisheries development in the Niger Delta and Nigeria at large.


*To develop appropriate academic and mental skills in Fisheries as a foundation for development of the Fisheries of the Niger Delta.

*To turn out practical and production-oriented graduates who will successfully put their skills into operation by establishing and operating their own enterprises in fisheries.

*To train personnel capable of teaching and conducting research that would provide relevant and appropriate solution of fisheries development problems of the Niger Delta and improve fisheries productivity in the area.

*To prepare students for a career in their respective areas of specialization in Fisheries Science.



The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies was established in the Faculty of Agriculture of the Niger Delta University, in the 2002/2003 Academic Session. The foundation teaching staff consisted of lecturers from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST), Port Harcourt, who were of Bayelsa State origin that transferred their services to the then, newly established University. The pioneer Head of Department was Prof.  John F. Alfred-Ockiya.

The Department was later merged in 2007 with Animal Science and called Department of Fisheries & Aquatic Studies/Animal Science till February 2018 when it was split. The first set of students (3) graduated from the Department in the 2007/2008 session. Student population has progressively grown to 289 in 2017/2018 session.

The Department presently has seven laboratories for teaching the programme. These laboratories include the following:
*Central Laboratory
*Biological laboratory
*Biochemistry laboratory
*Medical laboratory
*Crop and Soil Science laboratory
*Water Quality laboratory; and
*Fish Biology laboratory

Five (5) of these laboratories are shared with other Departments. The Water Quality laboratory is where bio-physico-chemical water analyses are carried out by both staff and students.


In addition to the general library facilities, the Faculty has a mini-library which contains books and Journals in fisheries –related areas.

Other Resources
Facilities in the Department, particularly the cold store, hatchery, smoking kilns, and the staff offices are adequate both in terms of quality and quantity. These facilities are not shared with any other group. The Lecture rooms and the lecture hall (which are equipped with modern teaching and learning facilities) can accommodate a reasonable number of students. There are also earthen ponds and concrete tanks that are expected to be improved upon as time goes on.



The students of the Department have a body known as National Association of Fisheries Students (NAFIS), which coordinates affairs of students. This body is an affiliate of the foremost professional body, Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON).

Reception organized by Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) for Prof. Martin E. Allison, on his promotion to the rank of Professor in September 2014


Induction fresh and old graduates of the Department into the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) in April 2015


Reception organized by Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) for Prof. Abiodun O. Adeyemo and Prof. Reginald I. Keremah, on their promotion to the rank of Professor in April 2015


Public Lecture/Awards organized by Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) hosted by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies in October 2016