Looking ahead, I am honoured and excited to introduce to you the members of faculty and programmes of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the University of Cape Coast. It is an honour to introduce to you our excitingly new curricula that better aligns to the wider reforms in Ghana’s grand overall fisheries and Coastal Zone Development Programme. I am excited because the Department appears to be entering a new phase in which we can collectively achieve significantly higher impact in teaching and research around these issues, providing a platform that positions us to proactively lead as an institution of higher learning and substantially contribute to outreach programmes in cooperation with our stakeholders. Our curriculum and capacity-building strategy are driven by three major development goals. These revolve around maintaining a high ecological health integrity of aquatic ecosystems and resources therein; improving the livelihoods of people dependent on these aquatic systems and to sustainably increase fish production to meet our country’s food and nutrition security objectives.

I am confident that together we can achieve these goals provided we work hard to maintain focus as a key element of our growth, strengthen our relationship with our development partners, and ensuring that we build the capacity of our students and appropriately support them, sharpen the competencies of our staff and provide state-of-the-art research facilities to enhance efficient teaching and learning. The Department is one of six departments in the School of Biological Sciences. The location of the University which borders the Gulf of Guinea with the highest marine fish production in Ghana offers the Department the opportunity to expose students to a vast array of opportunities in fisheries, coastal marine and brackish water studies. The Department offers a four-year Undergraduate programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. Our Postgraduate programmes lead to the award of Master of Philosophy MPhil and Doctoral (PhD) degrees focusing on the four key areas of specialization: Aquaculture, Fisheries Science, Limnology and Oceanography as well as Integrated Coastal Zone Management. In addition, the Department offers annual professional short course on Climate-Change Adaptation.

Dr. Noble Kwame Asare (HoD) is also the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator for the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project currently being run by the Department with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USIAD).

DFAS is in a close relationship with the Centre for Coastal Management (CCM) at the University of Cape Coast. The Centre was established to provide services in capacity building, research, and extension in coastal and fisheries management beyond the confines of the University.


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The Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) in the University of Cape Coast is a department in the School of Biological Sciences at the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS).The University borders the Gulf of Guinea and is located in the Central Region of Ghana, which has the highest marine fish production in the country. The Department’s location thus exposes students to a vast array of opportunities for studies in coastal marine and brackish studies. The Department offers a four-year Under Graduate Programme leading to the wards of B. Sc. Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The Department offers Postgraduate Programmes (M. Phil & Ph. D.) in four areas of specialization Aquaculture, Fisheries Science, Oceanography and Limnology and Integrated Coastal Zone Management.


The vision of the Department is to become a leading institution of learning, teaching and research in fisheries and coastal management in Ghana, a Department of choice, having unique and innovative activities with the capacity to advance healthy marine, coastal and inland aquatic ecosystems for sustained provision of goods and services in collaboration with public and private institutions locally and internationally.


The Department aims to achieve an appropriate balance between conservation and utilization of Ghana’s marine, coastal and inland fisheries and aquatic resources through integrated scientific research, education of the next generation of fisheries scientists and coastal management practitioners, as well as undertake community outreach interventions.

With reference to the Corporate Strategic Thrust (2012-2017), the Department’s Strategic Agenda is defined by the following key thrusts:

  • Vigorously promote teaching and research to help reposition the Department as a Department of Choice
  • Revision of current curricula to meet contemporary challenges in the economy
  • Attract, recruit, develop, retain and motivate high calibre academic, administrative and technical staff
  • Establish linkages/ partnerships with both local and international institutions
  • Strengthen the Centre for Coastal Management to effectively undertake outreach programmes

Team work and visionary leadership
We strive for excellence as a team through effective implementation and monitoring of teaching, learning and research activities in the department while at the same time and where possible, encourage professional development of academic and technical staff through the acquisition of new knowledge and skills.

Commitment to research and scholarship
To be exemplary and unique institution that provides demand-driven services to students and clients. The Department strives to remain up to date with current literature and research practices, as well as publish the department’s research outputs.

Academic achievement
Students’ academic achievement is central to the department. Students develop a sense of pride, excellence, and aspiration in order to take charge of their own learning throughout their stay in the department. We strive to create student-centered learning and create opportunities for them by providing them with relevant skills for the job market, further training, career development, goal setting, and time management.

Strong partnerships with donors and industry
To promote partnerships that provides mutual support or win-win situation for each partner in the collaboration, and contributing financially, expertise, common vision, and the desire for mutual interventions and cooperation.

In order to achieve very high standards in teaching, research and outreach, we strive for competence among academic and non-academic staff. Our staff is approachable and responsive to the needs of students and our stakeholders. We undertake capacity building initiatives, where needed for the greater benefit of the Ghanaian society.

Fiscal discipline
Respect for financial accountability and be accountable to the vision of the Department as stewards of marine, coastal and inland water resources.

The uniqueness of the Department’s academic programmes stems from its exclusive focus on aquatic ecosystems, fisheries and other resources, with special emphasis on their conservation and management. Our programmes are top-notch, demand-driven and oriented to meet the needs of the job market. Our programmes are regularly reviewed and implemented within long-term teaching and practical field projects that put our students at the heart of the training, giving them hands-on experience to conduct integrated aquatic environmental assessments and developing concepts, methods and competencies for sustaining and managing aquatic ecosystems and resources. B.Sc. Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences equip students with fundamental knowledge in all four focal areas of the programme; Integrated coastal zone management, Oceanography & limnology, Fisheries science and Aquaculture whilst the M.Phil and Ph.D options allow our students to specialized in any one of the four areas.

Graduates of our programmes have many opportunities for employment. These opportunities are available but not limited to the following areas:

  • Research institutes dealing in marine and/or freshwater studies
  • Ministry of Agriculture
  • Ministry of Health
  • NGOs working in the coastal zone and inland waters
  • Fish farms
  • Banks
  • Mining companies
  • Lecturing in tertiary institutions
  • District and Municipal Assemblies
  • Fishing Companies
  • Oil Industry