Status and Constrains of Artisanal Fisheries in Ekperiama (Ekperikiri) Fishing Area, Niger Delta
Author's : Ngodigha1, Sabina Alatari1, Alagoa2, Joe2, Kuro2, Abowei3, Jasper3, Freeborn3
Citation : Ngodigha, Sabina Alatari, et.al,"Status and Constrains of Artisanal Fisheries in Ekperiama (Ekperikiri) Fishing Area, Niger Delta". Annals of Ecology and Environmental Science 2018;2(4):24-29.
This study investigated the status and constrains of artisanal fishers in Ekperiama (Ekperikiri) fishing area
in the Niger Delta. Data were collected from well structured questionnaire and subjected to descriptive
statistical analysis and Likert scale technique. The results reveal that 70.40% of the fishers were males
while 40.40% were in the active age distribution of 41- 50 year. Most of the fishers (66.10%) attempted
primary education and 41.90% are in the bracket of 21-30 year fishing experiences suggesting that most
fishers had fished for a minimum of 21 years. The major constraint was the crude oil pollution rampant in
the Niger Delta and invasion of aquatic weeds. Others were; lack of extension services, lack of credit
facilities and the use of chemicals to fish. If these contraints are properly addressed, it could boost fishing
activities which could also improve the livelihood of the fishers.