African Journal of Fisheries Science

African Journal of Fisheries Science ISSN 2375-0715 Vol. 8 (8), pp. 001-005, August, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Review

Catfish culture in Nigeria: Progress, prospects and problems

Adewumi A. A.1* and Olaleye V. F.2

1University of Science and Technology, Ifaki Ekiti, Nigeria.

2Department of Zoology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria.

Accepted 16 July, 2020

Abstract

A review of the culture of catfish of the family Claridae in Nigeria was carried out using secondary data. The story of aquaculture in Nigeria is essentially the story of catfish culture. The favoured catfish species include: Clarias gariepinus, Heterobranchus bidorsalis, Clarias × Heterobranchus hybrid (‘Heteroclarias’) and Clarias nigrodigitatus. C. gariepinus and Heterobranchus are the most farmed fish in Nigeria. Catfish farming has continued to attract private sector initiative compared to earlier public or government-sponsored programmes. If the associated problems of production, especially the twin issue of feed production and fingerling supply are tackled, Nigeria will soon become a world exporter of catfish.

Key words: Nigeria, culture, catfish, Clarias, Heterobranchus.