Ingress Rate of Fish to Baited Traps Soaked at Different Fishing Grounds in the Estuary of New Calabar River, Nigeria
Ambrose EE* and Isangedighi IA
Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Environmental Management, University of Uyo, PMB 1017, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria
- *Corresponding Author:
- Ambrose EE
Department of Fisheries and
Aquatic Environmental Management
University of Uyo, Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: September 05, 2015; Accepted Date: January 08, 2016; Published Date: January 18, 2016
Citation: Ambrose EE, Isangedighi IA (2016) Ingress Rate of Fish to Baited Traps Soaked at Different Fishing Grounds in the Estuary of New Calabar River, Nigeria. J Res Development 4: 135.
Copyright: © 2016 Ambrose EE, 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.
A study was conducted in the estuary of New Calabar River with a view to finding the best fishing ground for artisanal trap fishery. A conical fish trap was used in the study and was set forth-nightly for one year in five different habitats, namely: mangrove habitat, nypa palm habitat, shallow water with muddy bottom habitat, deep water with sandy bottom habitat and water hyacinth habitat. A total of eight families; Gobidae, Portunidae, Periophthalmidae, Bagridae, Cyprinodontidae, Moringuidae, Xenothidea, and Paleamonidae and respectively eightspecies;Porugobinnus schelli, Callinectes latimanus, Periophthalmus papilio, Chrysichthys filamentosus, Aplochilicthys splanchen, Moringua arundinacea, Lophopanobeus bellus and Macrobrachium macrobrachion of fishes were caught, numbering 809 and weighing 11.88 kg. Mangrove habitat caught significantly (F – test, < 0.05; 0.01) more fish (4.18 kg) than all other four habitats. The lowest weight of fish caught (1.19 kg) was from water hyacinth habitat.