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University of Cape Coast (UCC) Awards Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (DFAS) Ph.D. Graduand for Outstanding Research

A Ph.D. graduand of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, Dr. Isaac Okyere has emerged the winner of the award for outstanding research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences (CANS) at the Graduation Ceremony of the School of Graduate Studies (SGS), University of Cape Coast. The award, established to promote quality research in the University, is a competitive one in which graduands who have undertaken high caliber research are nominated from all schools or faculties in every college and presented to a committee at the SGS for selection of the winner for each college. The selection of a research for an award is based on its recognition as an exceptional research contribution that enhances the reputation of the University within a global, national or local context, and receives significant credence from experts in the field. Emerging the winner from CANS, Dr. Okyere was presented with a citation and an unspecified amount of money as a token for his commendable effort.
Dr. Okyere’s Ph.D. research used an integrated scientific and socio-economic assessment approach to provide requisite data for the sustainable management of small scale fisheries in Ghana using a coastal area in the Shama District including the River Pra Estuary and its adjoining ecosystems as a case study. The study was the first in the country to employ the use of both qualitative and quantitative ecological modeling tools to examine and identify sustainable management options for Ghana’s fishery, and predicts potential future changes in fish stocks and economic gains in response to different management scenarios. The work provided management modalities for addressing the ecological, social and economic problems facing the fishery to achieve sustainable fish stock levels in a decade or two while improving the economic situations of the fisher folk to reduce poverty levels. Overall, the study has been lauded by both local and international fisheries scientists and policy makers for its focus on critical fisheries problems, integrated approach, and novelty in using ecological modeling to define fisheries management objectives in Ghana, and the gross demonstration of high level science in the research methods and results.
His Principal Supervisor Prof. John Blay and Co-supervisor Prof. Patrick Agbesinyale were also awarded for effective supervision and commitment to quality research.