Fish of Bui National Park


The Fish of Bui National Park, Ghana


Fish were caught by a team of four fishermen from Batoo Village using two canoes over
24 days between 21 June and 23 July 1997. 14 locally made nets were set which were 1.5
metres wide and 6 - 19 metres long with and eye size from 13 - 80mm. The nets were
generally set in slow flowing areas close to the river banks. 3 large nets were set across
the width of the river but proved unsuitable because of the large debris load of the river.
Eight locally made basket traps were set without bait in shallow areas near the river banks
with the aperture of the traps directed upstream. Nets were moved regularly and required
regular maintenance due to debris collection and hippo damage. Captures other than fish
were limited to two subadult Nile crocodiles and one turtle, all of which recovered and
were subsequently released (see elsewhere). Sampling was carried out only on the main
river and no tributaries were investigated. Nets were set between 8°17'N and 8°21 'N but
field notes do not give capture locations.

Summary of Results
In total 272 fish were caught of which 250 have been identified. In total 46 species from
17 families were caught. 22 fish were not identified, either because notes were incomplete
or because no specimens were provided. These fish belong to 8 "types" and tended to be
small (median 1O.45g, mean 169g (+/- 354, range 5-1220g).


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