Contribution of Children in Artisanal Fisheries to Households’ Poverty Alleviation in Ondo State, Nigeria Public Deposited

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  • Despite the global clamour for the eradication of child labour in agriculture, children in developing countries continue to be prominent actors in the fisheries sector though their contribution is unrecorded in the national income accounts of many countries. The study examined the involvement of children in artisanal fisheries in Ondo State, Nigeria. Simple random sampling procedure was used to select 90 children aged 9-18 years who were involved in artisanal fishing activities. Descriptive statistics were used to present the data gathered for the study. Pearson Product Moment Correlation and the Chi-Square analysis were used to test the study hypotheses at the 0.05 level of significance. Respondents were mostly males (70%) with mean age of 15 ± 2 years. Fishing experience for two-thirds was over 7 years. Major economic activities engaged in by children were fishing (100.0%) and fish marketing (97.8%). All respondents fished more on rivers, lakes, creeks and canals with friends mostly in the mornings (70.0%) between 4-5am (43.3%). Mean daily catch per caput per day amounted in monetary terms to N317. Income increased significantly with age of children (r = 0.27, p< 0.05). Respondents’ major constraint was lack of capital to purchase nets and boats of their own (97.8%). Sustainable involvement of children in artisanal fisheries can help alleviate poverty as the children remitted their incomes to their parents for food, school fees or other school needs. Children’s capacity for production can be boosted through capacity building and greater access to fishing equipment and capital assets used in fishing. Scholarship programmes should be put in place to encourage children who do well at both school and fishing to further develop the quality of future manpower available for fishing in the coastal areas.
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  • Fasina, Oluwatosin and Taiwo Ejiola Mafimisebi. 2010. Contribution of Children in Artisanal Fisheries to Households’ Poverty Alleviation in Ondo State, Nigeria. 7 pages. In: Proceedings of the Fifteenth Biennial Conference of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, July 13-16, 2010, Montpellier, France: Economics of Fish Resources and Aquatic Ecosystems: Balancing Uses, Balancing Costs. Compiled by Ann L. Shriver. International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, 2010.
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