Assessment of inland waters fisheries in Nigeria with implications for improved freshwater fish production, poverty alleviation and food security

Abiodun, J.A. and Alamu, S.O. and Miller, J.W. (2005) Assessment of inland waters fisheries in Nigeria with implications for improved freshwater fish production, poverty alleviation and food security. In: 19th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) , 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2004 ,Ilorin, Nigeria, pp. 304-311.

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Abstract

Rapid Appraisals of the current fisheries situations of some selected inland water bodies in Nigeria were carried out within the framework of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Project (AIFP) Annex II of the National Special Programme for Food Security (NSPFS). This paper presents the results of the fishery assessment of one of the selected inland water bodies (Sabke Lake) in Nigeria with a view to optimizing the fish yield through the adoption of improved culture based fishery techniques and community-based fisheries management. The lake is unmanaged and the fishing pressure was found to be very high. Also a number of fishermen were found using small mesh size nets to crop the juveniles of highly valued fish species for an optimum catch. About 14 fishermen ought to have been engaged in full time fishing activities if the fisheries of this lake is to be managed on a sustainable basis. However, a surplus of over 100 fishermen was recorded actively fishing during the period of the study. The results further revealed that Fisheries Rules and Regulations were not established for the national exploitation and proper management of the fisheries of many inland water bodies including Sabke Lake. All these have a depilatory effect on the abundance and sizes of fish harvested from the nigerian inland water bodies especially Sabke Lake. A community based management system that establishes a participatory involvement of fishermen in the conservation and national exploitation of fisheries resources for their own well being is recommended for Sabke Lake and other inland water bodies in Nigeria

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Title: Assessment of inland waters fisheries in Nigeria with implications for improved freshwater fish production, poverty alleviation and food security
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Abiodun, J.A.
Alamu, S.O.
Miller, J.W.
Page Range: pp. 304-311
Date: 2005
Event Title: 19th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: Ilorin, Nigeria
Event Dates: 29 Nov - 03 Dec 2004
Issuing Agency: Fisheries Society of Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria, Lake Sabke; canoes; catch/effort; fishermen; fishery data; fishery management; fishery regulations; fishery surveys; fishing effort; overexploitation; socioeconomic aspects; sociological aspects; stock assessment; stocking (organisms); yield
Subjects: Management

Fisheries
Sociology
Item ID: 4042
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2010 08:34
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:27
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4042

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