Exploitation rates and management implications for the fisheries of Bontanga Reservoir in the Northern Region of Ghana

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dc.contributor.author Kwarfo-Apegyah, K.
dc.contributor.author Ofori-Danson, P.K.
dc.contributor.author Nunoo, F.K.E.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-23T18:34:54Z
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-14T12:14:53Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-23T18:34:54Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-14T12:14:53Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://197.255.68.203/handle/123456789/582
dc.description.abstract The exploitation rates of eight major component fishery species,Auchenoglanis occidentalis, Brycinus nurse, Clarias gariepinus, Hemichromis fasciatus, Marcusenius senegalensis, Oreochromis niloticus, Sarotherodon galilacus and Tilapia zilli, of gill net fishery of Bontaga reservoir, were studied from March, 2004 to March , 2006 based on length-based models. The exploitation rates (E) of A occidentalis and H. fasciatus were 0.7 and 0.6 which exceeded the optimization (Eopt) criterion of 0.5 for sustainable exploitation of fisheries, indicating that these species were over exploited. For B. nurse and S. galilaeus, E=0.5, indicating that these species were at their maximum rates of exploitation. For C. gariepinus, M. Senegalensis, O. niloticus and T. Zillii, E<0.5 indicting that these species were to over exploited. Based on the selection factor of the legal minimum gill net mesh size of 5 cm of Ghana Fisheries Act 625, the estimated mesh size for catching the eight species ranged from 9.9-19.3 cm., calling for an upward review of the legal minimum mesh size of gill nets from 5 to 10cm for sustainable exploitation of reservoir fisheries. The adoption of minimum mesh size of gill nets of 10cm, restriction of further entry into the fishery, control rights and community based c-management system are some management options suggested to enhance sustainable exploitation and management of the fisheries. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher West African Journal of Applied Ecology (14): 97-105 en_US
dc.title Exploitation rates and management implications for the fisheries of Bontanga Reservoir in the Northern Region of Ghana en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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