As a national research institute, EIAR aspires to see improved livelihood of all Ethiopians engaged in agriculture, agro-pastoralism, and pastoralism through market-competitive agricultural technologies.

Dear partners, customers and visitors,

National Fishery and Aquatic Research Center (NFALRC) is the sole research center under Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) mandated to conduct research and generate information and technologies on fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic ecosystem nationwide. Although Ethiopia's fishery comes exclusively from inland waters, the fish production potential is increasing continuously as result of vast water related projects in the country. Fishing is the main source of protein for most of Ethiopians living in the vicinity of the major water bodies such as Gambela, Rift Valley lakes and Lake Tana. The recent development projects in the water resources mainly for hydropower and irrigation provide a chance for many residents to produce fish as source of protein food and means of income.

In the last 20 years, several technologies and information were generated by the center. Among many, the center contributions include:  fish production potential of the country was estimated to 94,500ton/year, inland water bodies for fish production was calculated to13637 square kilometer without including Gilgel Gibe III and GERD, fish diversity  reached 200 species, estimation of fish post harvest loss in major lakes, biological methods for stream and river health assessment and limnological studies of major lakes and reservoirs. The center also generated information and technologies on Aquaculture practices mainly on fish feed formulations, live fish  feed propagation, fish culture systems, fish seed multiplication techniques and  strain selection which are continuously under improvement and implementation. Moreover the center multiplied and stocked natural and manmade water bodies with suitable fish species throughout the country including Koka, Fincha, Melkawakena, Gibe, Tendaho, Ardibo, Hashengae and Small Abay which are known today by their fish production for consumption and national market.

The projects in the center are developed and implemented in a multidisciplinary approach where researchers in the field of  fishery biology, ecology, limnology, fish health, nutrition, postharvest, microbiology, socio-economic and extension are involved. To improve research quality, build research capacity and ensure the wider application of research results, the center conduct collaborative research  with international, national and regional research institutions and universities.

In addition to research activities the center provide practical training on fishery and aquaculture for different partners and stakeholders including fishery experts, fishers, fish farmers, researchers, lecturers, graduate students and ATVET students from all parts of the country.

Although limited infrastructure and facilities are critical challenges of the center to satisfy the increasing demand from its customers, it is straggling with available capacity and resource to meet the vision of the center and the institute in  particular and the country at large.

Finally, on behalf of the center, I cordially invite national and international institutions and funders to conduct collaborative research and build fishery research capacity that increase fish production through aquaculture technologies and ensure sustainable utilization of capture fishery from inland water bodies of the country.

Aschalew Lakew (PhD)

 

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