Ogunremi J B
Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria
Ogunremi J B completed his PhD from University of Ibadan, Nigeria and has specialization in Fisheries and Aquaculture Extension. He is a Senior Lecturer and Pioneer Head at Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria. He is a senate member of the University, has served and still serving as Chairman or member of various committees in the University. He is a member/coordinator of different professional associations. He is involved in teaching, research and community service and has presented research papers at conferences. He has also published more than 26 papers in reputed journals and edited conference proceedings and has been serving as Reviewer for local and international journals of repute.
A multistage random sampling procedure was employed to select two local government areas (Ese-odo and Ilaje), six fishing communities and 12 fisher folks from the study area to get a sample size of 144. A structured questionnaire and scheduled interview was used to collect data from the respondents. Data were analyzed with the use of descriptive statistic such as frequency counts and percentages. Chi-square was used to test relationships between the variables. The results showed information need of fisher folk on fishing gear maintenance 92.4%, weather 88.2%, modern fish capture method 86.8%, sources of micro credit 86.8% and 57.6% had access to information. Extension agents 13.2% and friends 11.8% were the major sources of information among the fisher folk. The chi-square analysis indicated that no significant association existed between accessibility and information source among fisher folk on extension agents (χ²=0.37, p>0.05), research institute (χ²=0.18, p>0.05), non-governmental organization (χ²=0.12, p>0.05), radio (χ²=0.26, p>0.05), television (χ²=0.08, p>0.05) and friends (χ²=0.19, p>0.05), It is recommended that government should maximally utilize all available information sources to reach the fisher folk to boost protein supply through artisanal fisheries.