Tesso Et Al


Tesso et al

Greener Journal of Agricultural Sciences Vol. 7 (1), pp. 009-018, January 2017.

 ISSN: 2276-7770 

Research Articles

Manuscript Number: 120316208

(DOI: http://doi.org/10.15580/GJAS.2017.1.120316208)


Fishing activity, Fish Production and demand outlook in Ilu Abba Bora Zone,
Oromia Regional State, South West Ethiopia


Ayele Tesso1*, Simagegnew Melaku2 , Tsegaye Dobamo3


1, 2, 3Department 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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