Centre Underlines Reservoirs Management

Fishery in Ethiopia constitutes huge potential offering big opportunity for job creation

Primarily built for power generation, it has created opportunities for local Eco-tourism and semi-subsistence fisheries. The reservoir has become a paramount local attraction. In spite of this, recent studies revealed that the reservoir’s ecosystem service is dwindling with its proposed age of operation. Even its fishery has already shown rapid decline, according to the National Fisheries and Aquatic Life Research Centre (NFALRC).

Research Centre Director under the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR) Dr. Fasil Degefu said that Stakeholders’ Consultative Meeting on: Holistic Management of Gilgel Gibe -I Reservoir for Sustainable Fisheries and Ecosystem Service is aimed at creating a common understanding on reservoirs’ management and create a common platform among relevant professionals. Consequently, appropriate policy briefing will be achieved for high level decision makers for future reservoir construction planning and implementation, he added.

Dr. Fasil further said that a number of threats are being presented from scientists at different corners. A management action for sustainable catchment conservation and restoration is being called for.

Dr. Fasil added with regards to fishery it is estimated the maximum sustainable yield of the reservoir is about 371 tone per year. But the current production is far less blew this potential due to different reasons. One of the species, Nile Tilapia, is the most commercially important fish species in the country that has declined in stock due to over fishing pressure, and siltation. Understanding this problem subsequently we added over 50 thousand Tilapia in reservoir.

Biology Instructor at Hawassa University, Girma Tilahun (PhD) also said that the workshop is focusing on Gilgel Gibe-I Reservoir for Sustainable fisheries and Ecosystem Services about fisheries potentials and how to make use of that reservoir fishery sustainability.

Fishery in Ethiopia constitutes huge potential offering big opportunity for job creation thus contributing to the livelihood of the rural community, particularly women. It is also ecologically friendly, according to Girma.

Source : The Ethiopian Herald