Biological and Socioeconomic Viability of Recreational Fisheries of Two Nigerian Lakes Public Deposited

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  • Many developed nations have accessed the diverse benefits of recreational fisheries in their this is not yet so in developing countries, this study explored the viability of recreational fisheries in two Nigerian Lakes. Biological resources were sampled for twelve (12) months on Lakes Asejire and Oyan all in the forest belt of Nigeria. Two sectional questionnaire forms designed separately were administered to users (152 fisherfolks and 202 residents of immediate communities of the lakes) and expected visitors (275 residents of major cities near the lakes). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics, t-test and analysis of variance (ANOVA) on SPSS 17 for windows. On Lake Asejire game species accounted for 30.57% and 31.05% at Oyan. Species include Chrysichthys nigrodigitatus, Hepsetus odoe, Hydrocinus spp, Lates niloticus, Clarias gariepinus. Season was significant on weight (p<0.05). Education was significant to willingness to tolerate recreationists (p<0.05), age and fishing experience had significant influence on rendering of assistance to recreationists (p<0.05). Economic and infrastructural development were reasons for desiring recreational fisheries. Willingness to visit was high, activities desired were boat cruising (40%), fishing (23%), swimming 23% and sight seeing (19%). 88.9% showed willingness to pay above NGN500 for entrance, sex was significant on amount to pay while education was significant on time of visit. The relative abundance of game species is equivalent to the required 1:3 ratio recommended for carnivore/forage ratio in angling ponds. This and the positive disposition of resource users and the willingness to pay are strong indications of success.
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  • Ipinmoroti, M.O. and O. Ayanboye. Biological and Socioeconomic Viability of Recreational Fisheries of Two Nigerian Lakes. In: Visible Possibilities: The Economics of Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Trade: Proceedings of the Sixteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade, July 16-20, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Edited by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET), Corvallis, 2012.
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