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Title: AFRICAN LUNGFISH (Protopterus spp): Potential Aquaculture Species in Uganda

Date Published: 2009
Author/s: John K. Walakira and Joseph Molnar
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Funding Agency : Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program Management (AquaCRSP) - No. EPP-A-00-06-00012-00) under the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
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Journal Publisher: Uganda Journal of Agricultural Sciences
Affiliation: National Fisheries Resources Research Institute-Kajjansi and 2 Office of International Agriculture, Auburn University, AL, USA


Culture of species resilient to drought and stressful aquaculture conditions may be significant to future of aquaculture development. African lungfish (Protopterus spp), an air breathing fish, potentially has a role in low-management culture systems as dissolved oxygen is not critical. Lungfish is highly valued in Uganda with certain nutraceutical benefits. This study shows how initiatives to culture the fish in two districts builds on indigenous knowledge and practice to formulate a broader strategy of widespread production. It also identifies issues of management and handling that require more research to build an industry. The broad objective is a value chain that delivers quality products to consumers and a sustainable return to small- and medium-scale producers in Uganda