Alleviating the Impact of Sand Dredging on Fishing

Sowunmi, Fatai A. (2016). Alleviating the Impact of Sand Dredging on Fishing. United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa.

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  • Author Sowunmi, Fatai A.
    Editor Nutakor Praise
    Title Alleviating the Impact of Sand Dredging on Fishing
    Volume/Issue No. 4, 1
    Publication Date 2016-07-20
    Place of Publication Accra
    Publisher United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
    Pages 4
    Language eng
    Abstract Environmental degradation continues to pose a threat to the sustainability of African natural resource endowments. Increasing demand for sand for construction purposes has made sand dredging along river or sea resources a major threat to aquatic habitats and artisanal fishing. The importance of artisanal fishing as a source of protein, and means of livelihoods in Nigeria cannot be over emphasised, bearing in mind the high level of unemployment in the country. This study examined the concept of environmental efficiency and how it can be used to evaluate the performance of artisanal fishing, using high water turbidity arising from sand dredging activities as a detrimental input. It also identified the cost and returns associated with artisanal fishing in sand dredging and non-sand dredging areas in Lagos State, Nigeria. The study highlighted the need for sand dredging activities to be monitored and urged relevant authorities to consider restricting the activities of sand dredgers to non-fishing communities. It also recommended intensive family planning campaigns in fishing communities to reduce household sizes, and called for the need for fishermen to engage in fish farming to complement their income.
    UNBIS Thesaurus FISHING
    ENVIRONMENT
    FOOD RESOURCES
    NIGERIA
    Keyword Environment & resources
    Copyright Holder United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type Fair use permitted
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