Journal of Aquatic Sciences 23(1): 23-28 April (2008)
CONSERVATION OF FISHERY RESOURCES: THE CASE OF OGUTA LAKE FISHERY,
IMO STATE, NIGERIA
KEKE, I.R.*1 OBIUKWU, C.E.2, AND NJOKU, D.C.3
1. Fisheries and Hydrobiology Research Unit Dept of Animal and Environmental Biology, Faculty of Science, Imo State University P.M.B 2000 Owerri, Nigeria.
2. Dept of Microbiology, Imo State University P.M.B. 2000, Owerri, Nigeria.
3. Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Imo State University P.M.B. 2000 Owerri, Nigeria.
* Author for Correspondence
The problems of fishery as a common property natural resource was studied using Oguta Lake, the biggest lake in
Eastern Nigeria fishery as a case study. Results showed that there was an attitude of free access to the fishery as there were no basic rules and regulatory measures for the exploitation and conservation of this limited resources. This has resulted in the depletion of the fishery due to over fishing. However, other factors such as technological innovation and lack of effective legislation to protect stock were also identified in stock depletion. Means of ameliorating the over exploitation of the fishery were outlined and these include conservation, legislation and managerial options.
Keywords: Conservation, Fishery Resources, Holistic Approach, Oguta Lake