Dr Sunday Aladele, Registrar, National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB), Ibadan, has announced that a comprehensive list of fish farms in the country is to be compiled.
Aladele told journalists that the decision to compile the list was taken at the 21st meeting of the National Committee on Naming, Registration and Release of Crop Varieties, Livestock Breeds and Fisheries coordinated by NACGRAB.
“The compilation will enable government to have a data base that will show the types of fishes being bred and which farms they were bred as different from species coming from other countries
“This is in order to monitor the farms and stop indiscriminate breeding. Also to be able to carry out organised research and improve fish production in the country and increase protein intake for Nigerians,” the Registrar said.
He said a Technical Sub-Committee (TSC) on Fisheries was given the responsibility of compiling the list.
“The TSC (Fisheries) agreed that once the developed descriptor format has been presented to the national committee and accepted, NACGRAB would approach the farmers and universities to come for registration of their fish strains,” Aladele said.
The Registrar said that cryopreservation techniques using the sperm of fish varieties would also be undertaken by the TSC (Fisheries) as a way of developing the fishery sector in the country.
He explained that cryopreservation was a long-term storage technique usually done to preserve biological materials without such materials deteriorating for many years to come.
Aladele noted that not much had been done in the past with respect to compilation and development of fish varieties indigenous to the country as importation of foreign species had been the order of the day.
He said for now, the general descriptors format to be used in compiling varieties of local fishes in the country included species, name of fish, breed or strain, old name, and origin.
Aladele said type of strain, type of habitat, name and address of developing organizations, name of developer/scientist and name of collaborators were other formats to be used.
He said others included fin counts, type of scale, body shape, mouth type, type of tail, molecular biology and genetics, culture requirements, growing period, amino acid profile, nutrient characteristics and year of release.
Aladele acknowledged the financial contribution of Nigeria’s office of West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme to the regular hosting of meetings of the national committee and technical sub – committees at NACGRAB which is the secretariat. [SOURCE: TRIBUNE]