Welcome Message

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences (MAFS) at the University of Ghana. The Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences (MAFS) is Ghana’s foremost and only centre directly concerned with marine environmental research and training of fisheries scientists among her institutions of higher learning. Since its inception, the department has been running undergraduate and graduate programmes in marine and fisheries sciences, leading to the award of B.Sc., M.Sc., M.Phil. and PhD degrees.

In line with our vision and mission, our academic programmes are carefully designed to offer students broad-based knowledge in marine and fisheries sciences. Innovative and dynamic courses that incorporate recent technologies are taught by highly experienced and reputable lecturers in the fields of marine and fisheries sciences. The friendly academic environment and varied background of lecturers in the department create fruitful grounds for the effective dissemination of knowledge and the development of the necessary skills in our students. By integrating lectures with practical training, we equip our future marine or fisheries scientists with the skills for national development, working in both the private and public sectors.

The faculty members are actively involved in research into different aspects of the multidisciplinary fields of marine and fisheries sciences. As the centre for Productivity and Biodiversity assessment in the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME), the department provides leadership to the sixteen countries bordering the GCLME. The Department also collaborates with local and international institutions such as the Ghana Atomic energy Commission (GAEC) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to conduct research into impacts of ocean acidification on fish diversity and society, and food chain transfer of harmful algal bloom (HAB) toxins and heavy metals in seafood. Furthermore, the department is involved in the TC Africa regional project RAF/7/009 “Enhancing Regional Capability for the Assessment of Contamination in the Marine Environment”. Through the University of Ghana, the department has entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) with reputable universities around the world. The department is also part of the DECCMA Project, which is researching into issues in the Volta Delta and deltas in Asia, and the Integrated and Sustainable Port Development in Africa Project. We hope you will consider enrolling into our programmes.


  1. To produce highly skilled graduates who can make significant contributions to marine environmental issues at the local, national, regional and global levels.
  2. To contribute to knowledge in marine environmental issues through cutting edge research in Marine and Fisheries Sciences.