The country Director, World Fish, Egypt, Nigeria Dr. Harrison Charo Karisa, has advocated for the adoption of sustainable practices as part of efforts to boost fish production in Nigeria. He stated this at a World Fisheries Day event held at the Hilltop Auditorium of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Thursday , November 21,2019. Karisa said sustainable practices include: use of locally available ingredients and nodal feed sources, such as maggot and insects for local fish feed production. Dr. Karisa said empowerment of women and youth must be deliberate policy as their role is important in post- harvest handling from trade to consumption. The lecturer said research must be carried out to produce selective breed of fish that can grow in stressful condition and are disease resistant. He stressed the need for multi stakeholder’s partnership linking National Agricultural Research and Extension Systems, Advanced Research, Institutions and the Private Sector.
Speaking earlier the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee, Professor Olabode Adebayo said the World Fisheries Day celebration is an annual event commemorated on the 21st of November and designed to call attention to the potentials of aquaculture and fish production in all its ramifications. He said the theme for this year’s celebration, “Resilient Fisheries in the Face of Climate Change” is very apt and efforts need to be made by stakeholders in Fisheries and Aquaculture to reduce the effect of climate change on fish production. Professor Adebayo said stakeholders in Fisheries and Aquaculture need more than ideas, he urged participants to have a plan to mitigate effect of climate change on fisheries resource through new rules centered on the best available science. He thanked the participants for joining the commitment to resilient fisheries in the face of climate change. He appreciated the Management for making available all the logistics for the success of program a success.
Speaking at the occasion the Vice Chancellor, Professor Joseph Fuwape represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Development, Professor Philip Oguntade said the theme “Resilient Fisheries in the face of Climate Change” is intriguing because Fishes are sea animals which are usually taken for granted. He said the theme has brought to the fore and consciousness, the effect of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture. Professor Fuwape stated that fish is a vital source of protein and the species abound are very useful for the provision of vitamins. He highlighted cod liver oil as one of the usefulness of fish that readily comes to mind. The Vice Chancellor said aside from the celebration, it’s also a day to address pollution that affects aquaculture and the world waters in totality as they are very important source of nutrition for human and animals alike. He implored participants to take active steps to create awareness of dangers of pollution and develop ideas on improving the resilience of fish to climate change.
Delivering a goodwill message, the first lady of Ondo State Arabirin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu represented by the Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture and Agribusiness – Mr. Akin Olotu commended the Management of FUTA and the Local Organizing Committee for bringing on board a very insightful lecturer to deliver the lecture. Mr. Olotu said, time has come to synergize town and gown so that ideas from local Farmers and the Academics from the Fishery department in FUTA can be harmonized to achieve a common goal. He said as part of effort of the government to revive aquaculture in the state (Ondo) the Sunshine Fishery has been brought back to life through the initiative of the private partnership project and the dividend of this will be felt within and outside of the state within a few months.