Freshwater Fisheries with emphasis on Hydrology, Fish Biology, Fisheries Management, Limnology, Environment, Fisheries Technology, Hatchery Management, Aquaculture, Socio-economics, Extension Liaison  services and training.

The Institute is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The activities of the Institute is Coordinated by Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN). A Governing Board whose members are appointed by the Federal Government governs the Institute. The Executive Director/CEO sees to the day-to-day affairs of the Institute.


  • Genetic improvement of freshwater fishes and other aquatic resources in rivers and lakes (natural and man-made).
  • The abundance and distribution of freshwater fishes and other aquatic resources.
  • Hydrological behaviour of natural and man-made lakes.
  • Limnology of surface and ground water around natural and man-made lakes.
  • Rational exploitation and utilization of freshwater aquatic resources.
  • Ecological and socio-economic effects of the development of man-made lakes.
  • Aquaculture
  • Improvement in aquacultural activities among fishing communities and fish farmers
  • Any other matter related to the above.

 The Institute shall in addition:

  • Carry out extension research liaison services with the Federal as well as State Ministries, primary producers, industries and other users of research results on matters of freshwater fisheries and other aquatic resources in collaboration with NAERLS of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
  • Provide technical and vocational training in freshwater fisheries and related fields leading to the award of National Diploma certificate.
  • Provide laboratory and other technical services to fish farmers, industries and others concerned with freshwater fisheries problems.
  • Collaborate with all relevant Research Institutes, Universities and other organizations including agencies in both public and private sectors.

Capabilities and consultancy

  • Development of appropriate fisheries technology
  • Fish farming feasibility studies
  • Hatchery design construction and management
  • Fish pond construction and management
  • Integrated fish farming
  • Fish health management and disease control strategies
  • Socio-economic assessment studies of fish farming
  • Fish cage culture techniques and management
  • Techniques for mass production of zooplankton (natural fish food)
  • Gear and craft design, construction, repair and maintenance
  • Fish stock assessment of freshwater bodies, lakes, rivers, ponds etc
  • Restocking of lakes and reservoirs
  • Socio-economic studies of fishing communities
  • Aquatic macrophytes survey
  • Ecological studies of wetlands, their uses and ponds.
  • Water pollution studies
  • Environmental impact assessment in the management of inland water bodies
  • Water quality assessment in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and ponds.
  • Short training courses in fish farming techniques
  • Industrial Attachment for undergraduates, graduate, postgraduate programmes
  • Out-reach and on-farming programmes for private fish farmers.

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