The Fish and Fisheries of the Amansuri Wetlands: A Coastal Blackwater System (abstract)

by Chris Gordon, Univ of Ghana, Legon Accra, Ghana,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Amansuri wetlands is a blackwater ecosystem situated on the southwestern coast of Ghana. It covers an area of 75 Km 2 which can be divided by vegetation into four ecological zones. These are the sedge, nymphea, raphia and open water zones. The main species found were Tilapia aurea, Hemichromis faciatis chrysichthes vellifer and Ctenopoma kingslevii. Fish catch varies with water level and type of gear used. Fishing methods are governed by a number of local taboos and superstitions which have helped maintain the fishery. These fishing practices have been traditionally geared towards minimum impact on this perennially astatic water body.

Subject Headings: Wetlands (coastal) | Fish and fishery management | Ecosystems | Developing countries | Vegetation | Water-based recreation | Aquatic habitats | Sea water | Ghana | Africa

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