Macrophyte community development and its implication for fisheries in Maigana fish farm, Kaduna State, Nigeria

  • SP Bako Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
  • SJ Oniye Department of Biological Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Keywords: Macrophytes, fish farm, Nigeria


Maigana fish farm (located approximately between latitude 110 7'N and longitude 70 46'E) along Jos Road from Zaria was established in 1970 by the Kaduna State Government for production of fish and fingerlings of Clarias gariepinus, Cyprinus carpio and Oreochromis niloticus. Agricultural activities, and poor management practices over the years have led to high siltation rates and consequent extensive growth of emergent aquatic macrophytes such as Typha australis, Nymphaea lotus, Echinochloa pyramidalis and Leersia hexandra, as well as marginal plants such as Mimosa pigra and Sesbania bispinosa. These plants have been established to varying extents and at least five seral stages of aquatic succession were seen in the production ponds. These seral stages in the pattern of macrophyte community development were seen to be approximately annual. Ponds that had stayed up to one year without clearance were typified by presence of species such as Nymphaea lotus, which gradually accommodated others such as Ludwigia erecta in the second year. Later seral stages were characterized by occurrence of species such as Polygonum lanigerum, Typha australis, Echinochloa pyramidalis etc. Ponds that are not cleared become completely taken over by terrestrial plants within a period of less than five years. In the reservoir area, population of marginal plants such as Neptunia prostrata, Sesbania bispinosa and Mimosa pigra were rapidly expanding towards the open water. Urgent management and control measures are needed.

Key Words: Macrophytes, fish farm, Nigeria.

Journal of Aquatic Sciences Vol.19(2) 2004: 85-94

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