Tesso et al
Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (1), pp. 009-018, January 2017.
Manuscript Number: 120316208
Assessing Fishing activity, Fish Production and demand outlook in Ilu Abba Bora Zone, Oromia Regional State, South West Ethiopia
Tujuba Ayele Tesso1*, Simagegnew Melaku2 , Tsegaye Dobamo3
1, 2, 3 Department of Biology, Mettu University, P.O.Box 318, Mettu Ethiopia
The study was aimed to assess fishing activity, Fish production and demand outlook in Ilu Abba Bora Zone, Oromia Regional State, South West Ethiopia to generate base-line data that would help in the proper and sustainable utilization of fishery resources. Different reports, field assessment, structured and semi-structured questionnaires and observation were employed as a means of data collection techniques. Five districts (Mettu, Yayo, Bilo Nopa, Bure and Sale Nono) were selected using purposive sampling technique. From each district, fishermen and households along and nearer to riverine water bodies were selected purposively. The fishing activities of the area are on subsistence basis by part-time fishermen for family consumption and sale on small scale during dry season. The fishing gears commonly used are hooks of different sizes, traps (fish basket) locally made and rarely gillnet. Birbira (Milletia ferruginea) is also used by fishermen in Sale Nono district. Though the severity of the constraints varies from one district to the other, the main fish production constraints in the area are low demand for fish, lack of awareness, lack of facilities, low profit, and distance from market place. The fish demand and supply in the study area is unbalanced. Fresh whole fish, gutted and dried fish are mostly preferred fish products. Labeobarbus intermedius, Labeobarbus nedgia, Bagrus docmak and, Oreochromis niloticus are the fish species preferred by consumers in the study area. Awareness creation and promotion of local fish farming is important to integrate fish in their diet to scale up fish demand and supply in the zone.
Key words/phrases: fishing activity, fish production, Ilu Aba Bora, Preferred fish species.
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