Adaptive Mechanisms of Rural Fishermen Towards Climate Change On Quantity of Fish Caught in Asari-toru Local Government Area of Rivers State Nigeria.

Henry Unaeze, Adaba Ibim


This study investigated the adaptive mechanisms of rural fishermen towards climate change on quantity of fish caught in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. A purposive random sampling techniques was employed in selecting 80 (eighty) respondents in the study area. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics and net farm profit analysis. The results showed that majority (96%)of the respondents are male and their mean age ranged between 36-40years with a percentage of 27.6% while 3.5% had fishing experience ranging from 21-25years. Respondents employed building of sea walls, diversification to off-farm activities and restoration of mangroves as means of adapting to climate change. These mechanism employed improved their productivity and profitability with a net profit of N500, 455.1. The major problem encountered (14.9%) was high cost of fishing materials. An integrated approach in problem solving through knowledge of the existing adaptive mechanisms with adequate participation of the people is recommended.

Keywords: Adaptive Mechanism, Climate Change, Rural Fishermen, Fishing, Socio-economic Characteristics.

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