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E-ISSN: 2347-5129, P-ISSN: 2394-0506

International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies

2022, Vol. 10, Issue 2, Part B

Composite baseline survey of ichthyofaunal assemblage in a segment of lower Imo river estuary


Author(s): Akpan II, Abiaobo NO, George UU and George IE

Abstract: Composite baseline survey of the Ichthyofaunal assemblage in a segment of the lower Imo River Estuary was carried out from March 2020 - February, 2021 at three sampling stations: Esene Creek (SI), Harbour Area (SII) and Uta Ewa Creek (SIII). Fish samples were collected from the catch of the artisanal and subsistence fishermen operating in the area. The assemblage revealed a rich and varied species, which were grouped into 17 families of 31 species. The contribution from the stations followed an increasing order from stations I to III: 324(8.20%), 350 (12.9%) and 2588 (79.33%). Station III had a higher density and varied significantly when compared to station II and I, respectively. Biotic statistics indices showed polydiversal conditions among the species. Results of the survey revealed that fish assemblage from the study area varied from species to species and from family to family, which implies that the fishery and fishery products of the area can contribute significantly in boosting foreign exchange if properly managed.

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How to cite this article:
Akpan II, Abiaobo NO, George UU, George IE. Composite baseline survey of ichthyofaunal assemblage in a segment of lower Imo river estuary. Int J Fish Aquat Stud 2022;10(2):125-132.
International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies