Bright Asare, an alumnus of the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, has received the prestigious Dean’s Award of Excellence.
Bright graduated with a Master of Philosophy in Aquaculture during the 50th Congregation of the University of Cape Coast.
The award was presented to him for outstanding performance regarding his thesis titled “Aquaculture potential of the West African mangrove oyster (Crassostrea tulipa): A case study of the species in the Narkwa Lagoon of Ghana”.
Bright is one of the students who benefited from the full scholarships through the USAID/UCC Fisheries and Coastal Management Capacity Building Support Project at DFAS.
Expressing his excitement after the award, he said, “It was all joy when I received the news of this award. I just realised that the Lord has been good to me…”
His research focused on the Narkwa Lagoon and its surrounding communities in the Central Region of Ghana. He assessed the dynamics of oyster exploitation in the lagoon, oyster consumption, aspects of the economics, and traditional knowledge on the culture of the species. As part of his work, the aquaculture potential was tested with an experimental trial where coconut shell cultches were used to culture spat collected from the Lagoon for seven months. The research revealed sixty percent of the people involved in the harvesting of oyster did it for sale, consumption or both. Oysters are available all year round; however, the sizes and quantity harvested in recent times are reducing. His results also indicated prevalent high demand and high interest of respondents to culture the species.