Friday, November 8, 2013

Establishment of KIFI's Native Freshwater Fish Collection: Prof Skelton: 29 October - 2 November 2013


Kamutjonga Inland Fisheries Institute (KIFI) once again had the honour to host Prof. Skelton on his second FAO mission "To establish a Native Freshwater Fish Collection at KIFI" . He visited KIFI from the 29th of October to the 2nd of Noveber 2013. KIFI staff memebers had the opportunity to rub shoulders for 5 days  and experience Prof Skeltons enormous knowledge of fresh water fishes in the sub region. It was indeed a priviledge for everybody involved from KIFI.

Prof Skelton gave several practical lectures about the basics of fish collection management  (collection cycle, specimen process chain, field sheet, registration, laboratory processes, catalogue, storage) and collection policies and practises.

Straff ready for field collection of fish
Field collection of fish started early in the mornings at different habitats (lagoons, backwaters, sand banks, rapids, reed banks and channels) using different collection methods. 

Field processing of specimens
Completion of field sheet
Field photo of specimen (tiger fish)
The final preparation of samples were done at the processing facility at KIFI which will also act as the fish collection facility.



The wrap up of Prof. Skeltons  mission and the way forward was done Saturday morning, 2 November 2013. Prof. Skelton returned to South Africa on Wednesday the 6th of November 2013 after a meeting with the Directorate of Aquaculture (Ministry of Fisheries) and the FAO in Windhoek.

KIFI staff with Prof Skelton (center) during the field collection at Poppa Falls

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