Fisheries and Aquaculture

In NARI, the program of Fisheries and Aquaculture is headed by Abdoulie B Mboge, a Senior Research Officer with Master of Philosophy in Aquaculture. As part of NARI’s mandate, the unit of Fisheries and Aquaculture is charged with responsibility to carry out research activities in the area of aquaculture in The Gambia. The unit also collaborates with the University of The Gambia (UTG) to assist students to research in fisheries and aquaculture management. Other governmental collaborators include the Department of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Services, kanilai Farm, National Environment Agency, Forestry Department and Parks and Wildlife Management. Non-governmental collaborators include FAO, SCADA/CORAF, Taiwanese Mission Team and Action Aid The Gambia

At the institutional level, the program is linked with various units to promote integration of fish, crops and livestock production in the country.

For revitalization of the unit and development of research baseline data, initiatives are taken with different perspectives:

  • Visited NARI field station in Sapu to familiarize with current field activities under different units of the institute
  • Attended sub-regional workshop held in Dakar (December 2010); to interact with aquaculture experts and undergo networking for the way forward
  • Carried out reconnaissance survey to identify aquaculture activities and potential sites in the country; results of which prompted development of a research proposal to improve upon the available data (information) as a database for the country
  • Rehabilitation of research facility at Yundum Horticulture site; for raising fingerlings of different species on feeds and feeding trials
  • Proposed fish ponds and fish tanks for aquaculture research and demonstration centre for students and aqua farmers
Aims and Objectives 

To establish on-station research facility

  • Utilization of local feed ingredients for feed formulation
  • Development of feed rations that can be technically transferred to local aqua farmers
  • Identification of accessible feed ingredients to promote aquaculture 
  • Determination of feed efficacy on different fish species through trials using fish ponds and 
  • Determination of appropriate feeding rates as a measure for waste management
  • Maximize utilization of land and water resources through integrated rice-cum fish culture


 To establish modern laboratory for aquaculture research in NARI

  • To determine quality of water ideal for aquaculture practices 
  • To introduce genetically transformed techniques of different aquatic species 
  • Determination and multiplication of aquatic plants suitable for aquaculture
  • To conduct proximate analysis of different feed ingredients for aquaculture 
  • To establish aquarium for demonstration purposes in the laboratory
  • To enable college and university students to carried out their assignments in aquaculture related fields


 To carry out field research for database

  • Examine the major challenges of aquaculture in The Gambia
  • Identify potentials of aquaculture in the country 
  • To identify culture species for fingerling production
  • Provide baseline information upon which future development of aquaculture in the country could be pursued
  • Contribute to aquaculture management plan and policy of the country