Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2019)
Artisanal fishing gears used in two riverine wetlands of the upper Benue river basin, Nigeria
Author(s): Bonjoru R, Ndeham VR, Amadu SO
Abstract: The study was carried out to look at the Artisanal Fishing Gears used in two Riverine Wetlands of the Upper Benue River Basin, Nigeria. The study was carried out for a period of six (6) months (July, 2017 - December, 2017). Frame and catch assessment survey was used to collect data. Descriptive statistics and charts of explanatory variable were used for data analysis. A total of six (6) artisanal fishing gear types were identified and classified in the study areas. Of these gears, six (6) are commonly used in Mayo Ranewo while five (5) were used in Lau wetlands. Thirty two (32) fish species from sixteen (16) families were caught by the six artisanal fishing gears in both Mayo Ranewo and Lau wetlands. The study therefore recommends that a concise and comprehensive guideline to the usage of fishing gears to enable optimum yield without affecting the future of the fisheries resource of the wetlands. Also a there’s need of government to legislate and pass laws banning the use of harmful gears.
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