WAEC Syllabus for Fisheries (Alternative B)


There are always 3 sections to answer questions from. Paper 1 is Objective questions, paper 2is essay questions and paper 3 is practical test section. Where paper one (1) carries 40 minutes for 40 marks; paper two (2) carries 2 hours for 80 marks while paper three (3) carries 1½ hours for 60 marks.

Jamb form 

This WAEC syllabus is for both the O’level WAEC and General Certificate Examination (GCE) candidates. Final year students in the senior secondary school level and external candidates are eligible to make use of this syllabus and prepare ahead of the examination.


See the full detailed information concerning the WAEC Fisheries (Alternative B) Syllabus below.



This syllabus has been designed to assess Fisheries as a trade for livelihood with emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge and skills in Fisheries and entrepreneurial skills associated with the content. WAEC Syllabus for Fisheries (Alternative B)


Candidates will be expected to answer questions on all the topics set out in the column headed Syllabus.  The notes therein are intended to indicate the scope of the questions which will be set, but they are not to be considered as an exhaustive list of limitations and illustrations.


The syllabus will therefore seek to assess candidates on:

  • the importance of fisheries in the socio-economic development of West Africa;
  • skills in fish farming;
  • basic entrepreneurial skills in fisheries related vocations;
  • the effects of water pollution on fishery resources;

(5)   fish preservation and processing techniques.


(1)        Schools offering Fisheries must have at least a small glass/plastic tank/aquarium and a fish pond/concrete tank.

(2)        The study should be supplemented by visits to well established fish farms, fisheries research institutions, fishing companies and other institutions related to fisheries.

(3)        It is recommended that candidates keep practical notebooks which should contain records of activities based on laboratory and individual observations carried out in glass tanks/aquaria and fish farms, field trips and also records of specimens collected. Jamb form

(4)        Schools should prepare an album of fishery organisms, fishing gear and craft and different fish rearing facilities and equipment for teaching purposes.



There will be three papers, Papers 12 and 3 all which must be taken.  Papers 1 and 2 will be a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.

PAPER 1:       Will consist of forty multiple choice objective questions all of which should be answered within 40 minutes for 40 marks.

PAPER 2:       Will consist of six essay questions.  Candidates will be required to Answer four questions within 2 hours for 80 marks. Waec Result

PAPER 3:       Will be a practical paper for school candidates and alternative to practical work paper for private candidates. Each version of the paper will consist of four questions all of which should be answered within 1½ hours for 60 marks.


A.    BASIC CONCEPTS IN FISHERIES1.       Introduction to Fisheries

(a)    Meaning of fisheries.



(b)         Sub-divisions of fisheries.






2.   Importance of fisheries.



1.   Capture fisheries

(a)     Different methods involved in

capture  fisheries.


(b)     Materials  required for capture

fisheries and their uses.




Explanation of the terms fishery and fisheries. Fisheries refer to all processes involved in fish production, processing, marketing and distribution. Fishery is one aspect of fish production.

Knowledge of the following is required

(i)                 Capture fisheries (fishing):

–          subsistence fisheries;

–          artisanal fisheries;

–          industrial fisheries.

(ii)               Culture fisheries (aquaculture).

Importance of fisheries e.g. food, employment, income generation, social-cultural activities, aesthetics, medicinal etc.



Various methods of capture fisheries such as hook and line, cast netting, set netting, trap/trapping, trawling, harpooning should be assessed.

Assessment  should include hooks, cages, knives/cutlasses, traps/basins, spears, cast nets, gill nets, seine nets, drag nets. Knowledge of the uses of the materials is required.

                 CONTENTS NOTES
  1. Culture fisheries.

(a)     Identification of common qualities of

culturable fish species.


(b)   Identification of common culturable

fishery organisms.


(c)    Culture facilities.


1.    Fish ponds.

(a)   Types of fish ponds.


(b)       Components of fish ponds.


  1. Systems of aquaculture.

(a)    Types of aquaculture.


(b)    Management systems in aquaculture.

  1. Water quality control and monitoring.

(a)     Definition of water quality.


(b)   Water quality parameters.


Students should have the knowledge of the qualities of culturable fish species such as hardiness, acceptability of artificial fish feeds, tolerance to poor water quality, ability to reproduce in captivity.

Students should be able to identify common culturable fishery organisms such as Clariasspp, Tilapia, Heterobranchus, shrimp, sea weeds.

Assessment should include description of culture facilities such as ponds, tanks, race ways, cages, pens.


Knowledge of different types of fish ponds: earthen ponds, concrete tanks, plastic tanks, fibre glass tanks etc is required.

Assessment should be limited to the components of fish ponds: inlets, outlets, dykes/embankments/walls, monks and spillways.

Explanation of monoculture, poly culture and integrated fish farming is required.

Assessment should include the extensive, intensive and semi intensive systems of aquaculture management.


Conditions of water that promote good health of fishery organisms for survival should be assessed .

Assessment should cover the various water  quality parameters such as dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, temperature, turbidity, conductivity.

(c)    Methods of monitoring water quality. 


(d)   Water pollution.




(e)    Optimum water parameter ranges





1.   Fish feed/food materials.

(a)   Identification of different fish feed/food



(b)   Nutritive value of fish feed ingredients



2. Fish feeding.

(a)  Feeding regime for fish.


(b) Ideal feeding periods for fish.

Knowledge of the methods used in monitoring water quality: DO meter, wrinkler method, pH meter, litmus test etc is required.Knowledge of water pollution should be assessed under the following headings:

–              causes (poisons, sewage, debris, household refuse);

–          prevention and control.

Knowledge of optimum water parameter ranges is required:

–           DO(5.0 – 8.0 mg/l);

–          pH(6.5 – 8.0);

–          turbidity (secchi disc measurement less than 30 cm).


Knowledge of natural fish food (phytoplankton and zooplankton) and artificial fish feed should be covered.  A clear distinction between food and feed  should be made.

Assessment should cover energy yielding ingredients (corn, wheat bran, garri, rice bran etc.) and protein yielding ingredients (soya bean, fish meal, groundnut cake etc.). Details of ration formulation and biochemical details are not required.

Knowledge should cover explanation of feeding regime such as 3% – 5 % of fish body weight based on age/size is required.

Knowledge of ideal feeding periods based on age/size is required.

           (c) Methods of feeding.E. FISH POND PREPARATION AND  MANAGEMENT

1.  Fish pond construction




2.  Pond preparation

(a)   Tools  required for pond preparation.


(b)   Preparation  of ponds for stocking.



3. Pond management.

(a)   Meaning of pond management.

(b)  Pond management practices.


1.  Materials and methods for harvesting fish.

(a)  Fishing gear Npower Recruitment

(b)   Construction and mending of fishing


(c)    Methods of fish harvesting.

(d)  Fishing crafts

Assessment should cover feeding methods such as broadcasting, spot/point feeding, automated feeding.Assessment would cover site selection; construction of earthen ponds: land measurement/mapping, staking, excavation, building of dykes etc; construction of concrete ponds: land measurement/mapping, staking, stripping of the top soil, concrete base or casting, building with correct mixtures of sand, gravel and cement etc.

Knowledge of tools such as digger, head pan, cutlass, wheelbarrow, spade, hand trowel is required.

Knowledge of maintenance activities of old and new ponds should include:

–      flushing of water;                           –      repair of  leakages/cracks;                  –      liming and fertilization                                          –      drying and cleaning etc.


Assessment should cover monitoring water quality, daily checking of leakages/seepage, methods of feeding and stocking, stocking rate and time etc.


Knowledge of the various fishing gear is required.

Knowledge of the materials used for construction and mending of fishing gear is required. Details of construction and mending are required.

Assessment should cover the various methods of harvesting fish

Knowledge of the various types of fishing crafts is required.

             CONTENTS NOTES
          2.  Post-harvest handling of fish(a)  Materials and methods for

processing fish.

(b)  Methods of fish preservation.

(c)  Packaging materials for fish

(d)   Marketing channels for fish.


1.  Brood stock selection and handling.

(a)  Differences between male and female sexually matured fishes.

(b)  Qualities of good breeders.


(c)  Ways of handling brood stock .


2. Artificial breeding

(a)  Meaning and importance of artificial breeding.


(b)      Steps involved  in artificial breeding of






Assessment should cover the different methods of fish processing and preservation.

A clear distinction between fish processing and fish preservation should be made.





Knowledge of the qualities of good breeders should include hardiness, ability to breed in captivity, large size, without defects etc.

Assessment should cover ideal period of transporting fish; duration in confinement and careful handling of brood stock.


Assessment should cover: the meaning of artificial breeding as ‘manipulating the sexually matured fish to spawn or reproduce in captivity’; importance of artificial breeding such as to:

–          obtain high quality hybrids;

–          obtain large quantity of fish seed;

–          make fingerlings readily available.

Brood stock selection, conditioning, inducement, stripping, fertilization and incubation of fertilized eggs should be assessed.


       (c) Equipment and materials used in  theartificial breeding of fish


3.      Managing and nursing fish seed

Assessment should cover knowledge of equipment and materials such as basins, happa net, hatching troughs, syringes, aquaria tanks, microscope.Assessment should include maintaining optimum water condition (aeration), feeding with natural food organisms (plankton), introduction of artificial feed based on size, separation of dead/unfertilized eggs  from hatchlings, transferring to production/grow- out ponds/tanks, sorting of shooters/jumpers etc.




1.      Environmental conditions in fish habitats.

2.      Tools and equipment used in fish culture.


3.      Common culturable fish species.


4.      Fish feed and materials.

5.  Materials for  pond preparation



1.       Fishing gear.



2.      Fishing craft.




1.  Fish processing and preservation.


2. Equipment used in fish processing and

preservation. Dollar to Naira Rate


3. Fish products and by-products.


4. Fish packaging materials.

Measurement of environmental conditions is required: temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH and turbidity.

Identification, uses and maintenance of fishery tools and equipment e.g. secchi disc, water pump, pelleting machine, aerators.

Identification of common culturable fish species in your country is required.  Knowledge of scientific names is required.

Identification of types of fish feed and uses of fish feed materials is required.

Identification and uses of materials for pond preparation: lime , fertilizers etc is required


Identification, description and uses of fishing gear e.g. gill net, cast net, seine, traps.  Identification of parts and their functions should be assessed. Maintenance of fishing gear is also required.

Identification, description, uses and maintenance of fishing craft should be assessed.



Assessment should include the identification of common processed and preserved fish; identification and uses of common processing and preservation methods.

Identification and uses of fish processing equipment e.g. knives, measuring bowls, weighing balances, hand gloves; fish preservation equipment e.g. freezer, smoking kiln.

Identification and uses of fish products and by-products e.g. fish scales, fish oil, fish skin.

Identification of fish packaging materials e.g. fish boxes, nylon, baskets, cardboard



1 DO(Dissolved Oxygen) meter 2
2. pH meter Jamb form  2
3. Conductivity meter 2
4. Thermometer 50
5. Water Test Kits 2
6. Microscopes 4
7. Magnifying Glass 30
8. Aquaria Tanks 5
9. Hatching Troughs 5
10. Nursery Tanks/Ponds 3
11. Demonstration Ponds 1 or more
12. Scoop Nets 10
13. Aerators and Accessories 10
14. Plastic Sieves Npower Recruitment 10
15. Compounded Feeds Many bags
16. Grinding Machines 2
17. Charts and Pictures Assorted
18. Video Clips in Fisheries Assorted
19. Pelleting Machine 1
20. Dissection Kits 2
21. Water Pumps 2
22. Secchi Disc 2
23 Model Gillnet 1
24 Model Cast net 1
25 Model Siene net 1
26 Model  traps Assorted
27 Model hooks and line 2
28 Model trawl net 1
29 Netting materials Assorted
30 Hooks packets 20(nos 1-20)
31 Nylon ropes 1
32 Mounting twine 1
33 Canoe 1
34 Paddles 2
35 Gutting knives 10
36 Measuring boards 5
37 Weighing balances 2
38 Hand gloves 30
39 Freezers 2
40 Ovens 2
41 Kilns 2
42 Fish drying racks 2
43 Fish boxes 5
44 Salting trays/basins 5
45 Sun-drying mats 5
46 Cardboards box 5
47 Nylon 10(bundles)
48 Baskets Waec Result 10
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