Increasing demand for fish to feed the growing human population is changing global fisheries dynamics. While total fish landing from global capture fishery declines, the number of people in the world increases every year. The population growth coupled with propensity to consuming fish have raised fish prices fuelling up irresponsible fisheries mainly characterized by; overcapacity, overfishing, Illegal fishing and environmental degradation. These vices have reduced numerous fish populations to extremely low levels, destabilized marine and freshwater ecosystems and impoverished many fishing communities. To a large extent, this is an outcome of inadequate knowledge and skills among fisheries actors. For quite a long time, fishers have been learning fishing skills from their fathers then passed the knowledge to their sons. This system of apprenticeship served the industry for centuries but it no longer meets the need of our present time, when fishing has become increasingly complex with fishing technology transforming faster. Even the current Diploma programs, developed for the inshore marine waters and inland fisheries, no longer suffices to enable one work, especially on board relatively larger vessels for deep sea fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
The developed degree programme is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 2, SDG 8, SDG 12 and SDG 14), Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) Code with regard to safety aspects and the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries with regard to the fishing aspects guided by National fisheries research agenda (2015-2020) and Voluntary Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-scale fisheries in the context of food security and poverty eradication.
Holders of Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with four (4) passes in nonreligious subjects; AND Possession of Diploma (NTA Level 6) in Aquaculture Technology; Fish Processing, Quality Assurance and Marketing; Animal Health and Production; Fisheries Science and Technology; Fisheries Management and Technology; Agriculture Production; General Agriculture; Human Nutrition; Environmental Science; Marine Engineering and Refrigeration; Computing and Information Technology; Computer Science; Locomotive Engineering; Electronic and Telecommunications OR Holders of Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with two (2) passes in Science subjects (i.e. Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Geography, History, Information and Computer Studies, Engineering science, Agriculture Science and Nutrition); AND Possession of Higher Diploma in Fisheries Science and Technology.
Bachelor in Fisheries Science and Technology