International Journal of
Fisheries and Aquaculture

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Fish. Aquac.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-9839
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJFA
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 212

Full Length Research Paper

Site suitability assessment of selected bays along the Albert Nile for Cage Aquaculture in West Nile region of Uganda

Nasser Kasozi
  • Nasser Kasozi
  • Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 219, Arua, Uganda.
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Hellen Opie
  • Hellen Opie
  • Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 219, Arua, Uganda.
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Gerald Iwe
  • Gerald Iwe
  • Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 219, Arua, Uganda.
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Christopher Enima
  • Christopher Enima
  • Department of Fisheries, Arua District Local Government, P.O. Box 1, Arua, Uganda.
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Mujibu Nkambo
  • Mujibu Nkambo
  • National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 343 Jinja, Uganda.
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Martin Turyashemererwa
  • Martin Turyashemererwa
  • National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 343 Jinja, Uganda.
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Janet Naluwayiro
  • Janet Naluwayiro
  • National Fisheries Resources Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 343 Jinja, Uganda.
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Kassim Sadik
  • Kassim Sadik
  • Abi Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute, National Agricultural Research Organisation, P. O. Box 219, Arua, Uganda.
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  •  Received: 11 April 2016
  •  Accepted: 11 August 2016
  •  Published: 30 September 2016

Abstract

Selection and management of sites are among the most significant elements for the success and sustainability of aquaculture operations. Water quality, water depth and water current are three of the major factors that need to be considered before initiating cage culture in a natural water body. This study was conducted to identify suitable sites for cage farming along the Albert Nile of Uganda by assessing the physical, chemical and topographical characteristics over a three month period. Four bays (Odoi, Fundo, Onere and Isirini) were randomly sampled and the results were compared against the acceptable standards. Basing on the physical and chemical criteria, most of the surveyed points were within the acceptable ranges except for the water depths which were lower and total suspended solids which were higher than the recommended ranges. Regarding topographical characteristics, Odoi and Fundo bays were found to be very prone to floating weeds and submergent macrophytes. All the sampled areas within Odoi, Fundo and Onere fishing bays whose depths were found to be more than 2 m can be manipulated to have Low Volume High Density (LVHD) cages while Isirini, Acaar and Ayilebe fishing bays were found not to be suitable for cage culture because they were very shallow.

 

Key words: Albert Nile, cage culture, site selection, Uganda.