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Direct Research Journals
Vol.3 (1), pp. 1-6, January 2015  
ISSN:2354-4147

Impacts of climate change on fishing and fish farming in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria
Article Number: DRJA17086061
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Original Research Article


IKEHI1*, M. E. and ZIMOGHEN2, J.


1Agricultural Unit, Department of Vocational Teacher Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State, Nigeria.
2Department of Vocational/Industrial Education Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Bayelsa state, Nigeria.


date Received: October 24, 2014     date Accepted: November 21, 2014     date Published: November 30, 2014

Abstract

The study specifically evaluated the perceived impacts of climate change on fishing and fish farming activities in the region. The study adopted descriptive survey research design, and was guided by two research questions. Out of the nine Niger Delta states, Bayelsa and Delta states were randomly selected for the study. The findings of the study revealed that the extent of impacts of climate change on fishing and fish farming in Niger Delta region of Nigeria are moderate. Findings further revealed that climate change has impacted greatly on the access/distance to fishing ground. The study recommends that fish farmers should be retrained by government and well-meaning local and international organizations on recent fish keeping practices suitable in this era of climate change. Fishermen should be provided with standard fishing gears especially motorized canoes and boats to enable them travel less tediously to the long distance in search of the displaced (school of) fish for a good catch and as well as a means of encouraging continued fishing in the region to reduce hardship.

 

 


Key words: Climate change, fishing, flooding, sea level rise, displacement.