Notes on the Fishery Potential and Fish Fauna of the Brokopondo Reservoir (Surinam)

Aquaculture Research (Impact Factor: 1.38). 04/2008; 11(3):119 - 130. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2109.1980.tb00819.x


The Brokopondo reservoir is situated in north-east Surinam and has a surface area of 150,000 ha. The dam was completed in 1964 for providing hydroelectric power. During the filling stage of the reservoir. 1964–1967, the composition of the fish fauna was studied. From 1967 to the present, no fishery research has been carried out in the reservoir. The aim of a mission, which was conducted in December 1978, was to obtain fundamental information on the fishery potential and fish fauna. Thirty-seven species have been collected with various fishing techniques; of these the characid Serrasalmus rhambeus (Linnaeus, 1766) and the cichlid Cichla ocellaris Block & Schneider, 1801 are possibly exploitable. The potential yeild of the reservoir is estimated at 3500 tonne yr-1. Gill nets with large mesh sizes proved to give the best results of the different fishery techniques tried. A comparison of the recent ichthyofauna with the fish species composition during 1966–1967 is provided and discussed.

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    • "In the filling stage (1964-1967), the fish fauna of Brokopondo Reservoir was studied by Mees (1967) and Nijssen (1967, 1969). In the post-impoundment stage, the fish fauna and fishery potential of Brokopondo Reservoir was studied in 1978 by Kapetsky (1978) and Richter & Nijssen (1980). Kapetsky (1978) published the results of one successful rotenone sample. "
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