Chief Director

Prof. F. K. E. Nunoo is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Ghana (UG) and the Ag. Chief Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Ghana.  He is an astute Fisheries Scientist and Coastal Management expert with broad expertise covering environmental, social and natural resource governance issues in Ghana, the West African region, and worldwide.  Prof. Nunoo is an excellent educator, researcher and administrator.  His key principles and personality attributes in management are integrity, hardwork, result-oriented, bold, proactive, strategic, and being responsive in decision making.

He had his undergraduate education at the University of Ghana where he graduated in 1992 with a BSc. degree in Zoology with Botany.  Prof. Nunoo studied at the University of Newcastle, UK, for both his MSc. in Tropical Coastal Management and M.Phil. in Marine Sciences & Coastal Management in 1995 and 1997 respectively.  In 1998, he enrolled for doctoral studies at the University of Ghana which enabled him to participate in an international student exchange programme at the North Carolina State University, USA.   He successfully graduated with a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science at the University of Ghana in 2003.  In addition to the Ph.D. he holds a postgraduate diploma in Benthic Ecology from the University of Bremen; and a certificate in Tugmate (Coastal Navigation) from the Regional Maritime University (then Regional Maritime Academy). Prof. Nunoo has participated in several training programmes including a certificate programme in fish otolith microstructure analysis for ageing at the Port Erin Marine Biological Station of the University of Liverpool in the Isle of Man, UK.

Prof. Nunoo started his career as a Trainee Tugmate at the Marine Section of the Tema port of the Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority in 1988.  He then worked in the Department of Oceanography & Fisheries (now Department of Marine & Fisheries Sciences) of the University of Ghana as a Senior Research Assistant and was later promoted to the rank of Principal Research Assistant.  He was appointed as Lecturer in the same department in 1999 and has since risen to the rank of Associate Professor.  He has contributed immensely to the growth of the Department of Marine & Fisheries Sciences of the University of Ghana and was Head of Department between 2009 and 2011.  He was also a Part-time Lecturer in Fish Biology at the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences of the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, in 2007/2008 academic year.

Prof. Nunoo is a natural leader and has extensive senior level management experience.  For over twenty years he has served the University of Ghana on many statutory and non-statutory boards and committees.  Prof. Nunoo was the Vice President of UTAG Legon; and the first Chairman of the Legon UTAG Health Club between 2005 and 2007.   Prof. Nunoo served as the first Hall Master of the Elizabeth Frances Sey Hall at UG from 2011 to 2014.  In the 2015/2016 academic year he was simultaneously the Dean, School of Natural Resources; Ag. Dean of the School of Graduate Studies; and Head of Department of Fisheries and Water Resources at University of Energy & Natural Resources (UENR) at Sunyani, Ghana.

Prof. Nunoo’s areas of specialization are Fisheries Science and Coastal Zone Management.  His major areas in Fisheries science are Biology, Ecology and Management. His specific research interests in fisheries include studies on impacts of ocean acidification on fisheries, improving data collection in African fisheries, impact of by-catch, discards and trash fish trade on fish stocks, poverty in small-scale fisheries, aspects of fish culture, aspects of biology of important commercial species, and fisheries-birds interactions.  He is also an Environmental Impact Assessment practitioner who has worked with a number of teams on national and international projects.

Prof. Nunoo has over one hundred publications made up of sixty-one (61) refereed articles in both international and local journals, five (5) technical books, seventeen (17) edited book chapters and conference proceedings, two contributions to books, two training manuals, and many national and international reports.  He has, to date, successfully supervised 6 Ph.D.,  27 M.Phil. and many BSc. students; as well as mentored about ten lecturers in various universities in Ghana, including UG and UENR.  Additionally, Prof. Nunoo is a reviewer for a number of local and international journals.  He also enjoys creating coastal environmental awareness among school children, coastal fishing communities and non-governmental organisations.  He has participated in a number of international and national conferences and workshops where he delivered papers.  He has provided professional services to aid development efforts of Africa and the world through short term contracts with international agencies such as the World Bank, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the UN, IUCN, ECOWAS, NEPAD, USAID, and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Finally, Prof. Nunoo is a sociable, affable, and disciplined person.  He pursues with diligence and passion, his professional activities which include teaching, research, mentoring of staff and students, consulting, and environmental advocacy.  He is an Evangelist of The Methodist Church, Ghana; and is married with four children.  Having a lively personality, music, dance, artistic impressions and drama excite him a lot as a person; and he enjoys cooking and eating fishy meals.