The study was carried out at the White Volta stretch in the Pwalugu area
to assess the fish and fisheries of the River. The catch per unit effort
(CPUE) was generally low over the entire period of study, as the highest
and lowest CPUE were recorded in March, 2020 and May, 2020 respectively.
The River stretch was found to be rich in fish fauna as 39 fish species
belonging to 27 genera and 13 families were encountered during the
period of study. Three species namely, Auchenoglanis
occidentalis, Marcussenius senegalensis and Heterobranchus
bidorsalis were identified as the major commercial fish species in the
area. The widely used fishing gears in the area included gillnet, trap,
cast net, hook-and-line and spear. Fishing activities on the river
stretch were unreported and unregulated. It was recommended that the
Fisheries Commission in the Upper East Region, Bolgatanga should be
resourced with logistics and personnel to monitor and ensure compliance
with fisheries regulations on the river.