Cryopreservation: A Viable Tool for Sustainable Catfish Aquaculture Industry in Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Olanrewaju AN
Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries
Technology P.M.B 1060
E-mail: [email protected] yahoo.com
Received Date: September 14, 2015; Accepted Date: October 14, 2015; Published Date: October 22, 2015
Citation: Olanrewaju AN, Kareem OK, Orisasona O (2015) Cryopreservation: A Viable Tool for Sustainable Catfish Aquaculture Industry in Nigeria. J Fisheries Livest Prod 3:149. doi:10.4172/2332-2608.1000149
Copyright: © 2015 Olanrewaju AN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Catfish aquaculture industry, a private-driven sub-sector with huge investment has today become a formidable economic venture in Nigeria. One major factor for this spectacular growth was the development of modern techniques for production of seed. However, the process of induced propagation of African catfish was still based on long standing technique of sacrificing male for fertilization with its attendant problems. Cryopreservation is now being explored globally to solve these challenges and promotes viable aquaculture production as obtained in livestock industry. But the level of adoption of this technology is relatively low in Nigeria hence the need for this awareness. A successful and sustainable cryopreservation method will require integrated practices for sample collection, refrigerated storage, freezing, thawing, rule for use and disposal, transfer agreements and database development. Some of these procedures have been standardized for catfish with room for improvement before commercial production commenced.