The paper is a review of the curriculum, staffing, equipment, field and laboratory requirements prescribed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) for training of Fisheries graduates. This is made as these are guidelines against which Fisheries programmes, now being proliferated in many Nigerian tertiary institutions, can be evaluated for possible accreditation. The critique shows that some courses are highly under-weighted e.g. “Aquatic Flora and fauna” as a 2 credit unit. There is a high degree of overlap between courses. Some are not clearly and sharply delineated, defined or described. Staff needs are not defined or described. Staff needs are not...
The major problem of published information in the developing countries particularly in Africa is lack of international visibility and accessibility to world community of scientists. This has implications on both the articles and their authors. It means they are read by their immediate community. However, despite the advantages of the information technology, the problem is still very much with us today. It has been observed that publications from the developing countries are not captured by international alerting services like the ASFA, CAB, AGRIS however, it must be acknowledged that ASFA has intensified efforts at covering grey literature from developing countries....
Cliffe, P.; Ansa, E.
Effective research development is no doubt information driven and ARAC library remains the place to easily access accurate and reliable information. There is an urgent need to acquire and maintain its information resources in order to provide globally acceptable information. The production of validated research literatures by ARAC staff goes to show that the library has made itself relevant to scientist in achieving their mandate to ARAC. This Paper examines the resources and services rendered by the African Regional Aquaculture Centre library in meeting the needs of research Scientist, students and stakeholders in Aquaculture practice in the Niger Delta Nigeria....
Sanni, A.O.; Sule, A.M.; Onimisi, H.U.; Yem, I.Y.; Olowosegun, T.; Adedeji, R.A.; Owena, V.E.
This study investigates the factors, which inhibit or facilitate adoption of fish farming technologies by individual fish farmers in Niger State. There was significant relationship between six of the ten variables investigated and these have contributed significantly (p<0.05) towards predicting the adoption scores of the fish farmers. It is believed that proper assessment of these factors by researchers could be used by policy makers and executioners to improve adoption of fish farming innovations. Significant factors include farmers’ age, education, pond size, access to credit, sources of information and income level. Recommendations were made involving change agents and policy markers for...
Bako, W.S.; Balla, G.M.
This study examined the attitude of fishermen towards extension activities in the lower Kainji Lake Basin, Niger State. Simple random sampling technique was used to select five fishing villages from which 100 fishermen were drawn for the study. Structured questionnaire was developed in lined with the objectives to obtain information from respondents. Data collected were analyzed using frequencies and % counts. Majority (52%) of the fishermen was in their prime age and 57% had completed one formal education or the other. It also indicated that 67% had >20 years experience in fishing activities, 40% use gill nets that gave 95%...
Agbelege, O.O.; Olarewaju, A.N.; Saidu, A.K.
Vocational training for unemployed youths as fish farmers plays an important role in meeting fish protein need of Nigeria, contributing immensely to the national economy by providing nutritious food for the populace, creating jobs and enhancing national health and wealth. Youths are the leaders of tomorrow thereby their contribution towards food security is important. The study considered their opinion on the training based on skills acquired during a-6-week intensive vocational training. Results show that most trainees (97.03%) are within the economically active age group of 20-39years. Most trainees were confident that the programme will ensure food abundance and have a...
Olarewaju, A.N.; Agbelege, O.O.; Saidu, A.K.
Vocational training for unemployed youths plays an important role in solving the problem of unemployment in Nigeria, assisting the teeming unemployed youths to find their footing in society as responsible citizens and for wealth building and creation. Youths as participants are the major actors in appraising the vocational training. The study probed into the activities of these youths during their six weeks stay at the Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology, Baga. Result shows that most trainees (81.19%) were within the age range of 20-29 years. 94.06% were males while 5.94% were females. Desires for self employment made these youths...
Francis, Amiye; Ibim, Adaba T.
Sustainability in the extraction of fishery resource need to be proactively upheld if the achichment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be anything to go by in Nigeria and other developing countries. The fishery resource, of the biotic component of the environment, and the main focus of this paper, is renewable resource whose existence if not for adverse environmental factors and natural specialization that occurs over thousands of years, is a continuum. The biological attributes of these fauna and flora render them amenable to usage in manners that still allows their continuous existence for the profit of mankind. Ignorance...
DeHart, Liz; Winiarz, Elizabeth; Shaw, Joyce
Libraries, museums and cultural institutions have many interesting and historic stories to tell, especially stemming from their geographic locations. As librarians, we are fortunate to be surrounded by a wealth of information and archival history, from research labs to fishing villages, whether science-related or not. These rich narratives are important memoirs, sharing some aspect of life experiences and sometimes in a fun way.
The presentation will be a three-person panel providing unique content, resources and stories from each of our institutions or region. What story do you have?
Presentation 1: Liz DeHart, STEM Liaison for Marine Science
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Bwala, R.L.; Elisha, I.L.; Olowosegun, O.T.; Omeiza, S.A.; Sule, A.M.
Scientists and researchers agree that developmental projects should have impact on the targeted groups. In this context a review was made on the indigenous knowledge system in fishery with a view to elucidating the indispensability of the system due to the increasing acceptance globally. The importance of the system and the factors militating against it where shown. The relationship between fisheries science and the fisher's knowledge was also discussed. Some indigenous practices as well as equipment used by different people were cited. It was concluded that local knowledge of the environment and resources used, as well as the society within...
Nwabeze, G.O.; Erie, A.P.; Ifejika, P.I.; Ayanda, J.O.; Tafida, A.A.
The paper examines the prospect and constraints of fisheries extension under the unification policy. It revealed certain barriers influencing its fullest utilization as well as fisher folks participation in extension programmes. Some of the barriers identified are related to inaccessibility, logistic support, improper aquaculture methodology, insufficient applied research in small scale fisheries, inability to convert research findings into positive results by small scale fisheries, inadequate number of fisheries research personnel within the existing research centers and institutes catering for the fishers sector, complexity of issues, lack of coordination and continuity in research and data deficiencies in small scale fisheries. Based...
Sanni, A.O.; Olowosegun, T.; Sule, A.M.; Bwala, R.L.; Onimisi, H.U.
This paper examines the importance of capacity building and training requirement for the benefit of fisheries and aquaculture extension in Nigeria. It involves the analysis of secondary data bothering on the management of agricultural extension in Nigeria over time vis-avis various agricultural development programmes in the past in which fisheries and aquaculture extension was apparently de-emphasized in favour of crop and livestock agriculture. It is therefore recommended as a way forward that a favorable reform in the Nigerian agricultural extension system will be a necessary avenue to put fisheries and aquaculture extension in proper perspective for effective service delivery which...
Ugwu, F.C.; Madu, I.D.; Solebesan, D.A.
The importance of information in every sector cannot be over-emphasized. The ability to identify and utilize our natural endowment depends on the availability of information resources within or at the right time. The low level of information provision in Nigeria is attributed to infrastructure as a result of inadequate funding of the sector. Research has shown that information has revolutionized the society, moving the world from the industrial age to the information age and completely changing the way the economy functions. Success goes with the best information. However, for now, if there must be increase in fish production and eco-tourism...