Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management

Welcome Message

For students who have flair for natural science and the desire to contribute towards ensuring the sustainability of Aquatic Environment and in wealth creation through efficient management of aquatic resources, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture is the right place. In Umudike, the teaching is approached with the understanding of its multi-disciplinary status and students are educated to have broadened mindset to accommodate knowledge from other fields of learning (such as Health Sciences, Engineering, Management Sciences, Physical and Chemical Sciences as well as Arts courses); which contributes in packaging training in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management.

The Academic Staff of the Department are committed professionals who are always interested in ensuring the students’ understanding of the taught courses. The non-academic staff in the department are approachable and always available to assist the students. Our fish farm where students are exposed to practical art of commercial fish farming stand tall as uncommon facility in other department of Fisheries and Aquaculture of many universities. Modern laboratory/laboratory equipment are available for teaching and research purposes. Our students are guided by qualified and well experienced laboratory staff that are always available for the students.

We equip our students with great skill and knowledge that qualifies them to work in several areas of employment opportunities: such as Fisheries and Aquaculture companies, Public health, Nutrition and Feed Manufacturing Companies, Safety and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) outfits, Oil and Gas companies, Agricultural Biotechnology, various Federal, State and Local Government Area institutions/organizations as well as in self employment.

Postgraduate studies are offered in the department at different levels (PGD/MSc/Ph.D). The programmes are fashioned to equip graduates with rare finesse and knowledge to address peculiar problems beyond the strength of first degree.

In this booklet, we aim to communicate what fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike offers as a guide in students’ voyage for academic laurel in Ivory tower.

Dr. A. Uka Ag. Head of Department Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management. College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management, Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. P.M.B 7267, Umuahia.

Philosophy and objective of the Department

Production of graduates that are adequately equipped with the comprehensive theoretical knowledge and practical skill required for engaging in productive and economic production of fish and management of aquatic ecosystem. The objectives of the department are:

  • To produce graduates towards self employment
  • To produce graduates with sufficient technical productive and entrepreneurship skills in every aspect of fishery, Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources management.
  • To produce graduates that are relevant to themselves, Academic, the industry and society and who can contribute effectively to national development goals in Agriculture.

Admission Requirement

Undergraduate Programmes

The minimum age of admission is 16 years.

UME and Post UME Screening:

Students are admitted into the University degree programmes through a competitive entrance examination (University Matriculation Examination-UME-) organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) provided that they possess a minimum of 5 credit passes at the SSCE or equivalent obtained at not more than 2 sittings in relevant subjects and which will include: Chemistry Mathematics or Physics Biology or Agricultural Science (a) Direct Entry Admission is based on a combination of ‘O’ Level results with the following qualifications: (i) OND/ND (Distinction) (ii) HND (Credit) (iii) NCE (Double Major) at Credit Level (iv) OND/ND (Credit) (v) NCE (Double Major/Merit Level) Candidates with qualifications as in (i), (ii) and (iii) may be admitted into the 200 level while those as in (iv) or (v) may be admitted into the 100 level. Diploma, HND (Higher National diploma) and equivalents in addition to ‘O’ level passes in addition to O level credit passes are normally admitted into the 200 level of the programme while holders of HND certificates may be admitted into the 300 level except for the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine programme For UME admissions, the B. Agriculture programme, for example, requires five credit passes in SSCE/WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level which must include Chemistry, Biology/Agricultural Science, Mathematics/Physics and English Language. The exact requirements of different programmes, which may be modified from time to time by the university Senate could be obtained from the University Registry as well as JAMB’s information publications for potential students.

Direct Entry Candidates:

The degree duration shown for most programmes are for UME candidates. Candidates with ND and HND or their equivalents spend fewer years in their programmes (as stated above), e.g. four or three years, respectively, in the B. Agric. compared to five years for UME candidates.

Admission by Transfer

The University may admit on transfer, a student undergoing undergraduate degree programme in another recognized University provided such a student meets the minimum admission requirements of this University and is seeking transfer to a programme similar to the one he is transferring from. Application for transfer shall be made on the approved application obtainable from the Academic Affairs Unit or the Registrar’s Office on payment of the stipulated application fee approved by Senate.

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