Prof. Donald Ihenacho Osuigwe

Professor Osuigwe

Prof. Donald Ihenacho Osuigwe,


Fisheries & Aquacultural Technology Department, SAAT, FUTO.


Fish farming is one of the cost-effective means of increasing animal protein production to address the problem of low per caput animal protein consumption experienced in most developing countries. 

Professor Osuigwe’s early research works were directed towards providing adequate catfish seed, a major constraint than in fish farming. With the successful development of protocols for African catfish production, Professor Osuigwe’s research interest
shifted to the development of low-cost fish feed through replacement of the expensive fish meal component with locally available materials particularly legumes.
Professor Osuigwe’s research interest also includes cage culture and fish health particularly with the current intensification of fish farming methods in Nigeria.
Professor Osuigwe anchored the development of “fishers assistant programme” in the Lower Niger floodplains to enable fishers to harvest the abundant flood ponds. He was the team leader NDDC Natural Resources Assessment for Imo and Abia States (2003 –2005). He has been involved in aquatic environment surveys.

Academic Qualifications

  • Ph.D (Fish Nutrition). 2003
  • M. Tech (Aquaculture), 1985
  • B.Sc. (Microbiology), 1979

Memberships & Professional Awards

  • FAO Study Fellowship - 1983 – 1984
  • Merit Award Amawom Youth Organisation - 2007
  • Award of dedication to ASSU cause MOUA Umudike Branch  - 2009
  • Fellow Fisheries Society of Nigeria FFS  - 2015

Teaching & Research Interest

  • Fish Technology, Fish Health and Aquaculture
  • Fish Technology, Health and Aquaculture

  • State Chapter Chairman, Fisheries Society of Nigeria
  • Director AQUAFARMS, Eziobodo
  • Consultant on Development of Fish Production Facilities, Anambra-Imo River Basin Development Authority, Owerri. 2007 – 2009.
  • Consultant in Fisheries, Urban Farms Avu
  • Team Leader Imo/Abia State NDDC Natural Resources Assessment. 2003 – 2005
  • Member Fisheries Statistics Committee for Abia State. 1999 – 2001.
  • Member Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON).
  • Member American Fisheries Society (AFS).
  • Patron Udodiri Ndom Owerri 2011.
  • Member St. Paul’s Catholic Church Owerri Parish Counsel, 2018


  • 1. Osuigwe, D.I., Okoro, V.D.C., Adaka, G.S., Obiekezie, A.I. and Ogunji, J.O. (2011). The parasites of cultured and feral Tilapia (Orechromis niloticus) in Umudike, Nigeria. Proceedings of Tropenteg Conference University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany Oct. 5-7 2011.

  • 2. Osuigwe, D.I. and Okoro, A.C. (2008). Apparent digestibility coefficient of differently processed Mucuna cochinchinensis seed meal by hydrid catfish (Heterobranchus longifilis x Clarias gariepinus) fingerlings. Advances in Science and Technology 2(2):61-70.

  • 3. Osuigwe, D.I., Obiekezie, A.I. and Onuoha, G.C. (2006). Effect of jackbean seed meal on the intestinal mucosa of juvenile Heterobranchus longifilis. African Journal of Biotechnology 5(13) 1294-1298 (

  • 4. Osuigwe, D.I. and Erondu, E.S. (1997). Studies on the reproductive biology of Clarias gariepinus in the River Ezu. Acta Hydrobiol. 39:53-60.

  • 5. Osuigwe, D.I. and Nwachukwu V.N. (1994). A portable incubator for small-scale fish hatcheries. Journal of Agric. Tech. 2(1):15-19.

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