The Niger Delta – Nigeria










Fishing Out – Forward

Creating A Future For The Child




Fishing is an age-old tradition and refers to the activity of catching fish, either for food or as a sport. 


The art of fishing goes back thousands of years – a kind of hunting. Actually, we may term fishing as simply the act of finding…to catch means to carefully lay in wait for something. It may also be seen as a sense of finding a way:  fishing out the best way forward.


Fisher folks invest a lot of hours both day and night to catch fish for household consumption or for trade and financial gains.  This makes fisheries an important livelihood activity across the world.  Globally, fish provide about 3 billion people with almost 20 percent of their average per capita intake of animal protein, and 4.3 billion people with about 15 percent of such protein.  The FAO suggests that over 100 million tons of fish are eaten worldwide each year.


Today, the world is facing a great challenge.  How to feed more than 9 billion people by 2050 in the context of climate change, economic and financial uncertainty, and growing competition for natural resources. 


The fisheries sector is a tremendous contributor to livelihoods across the globe.  Fishery products are a valuable source of nutrients for diversified and healthy diets and are particularly important for children as a source of protein.  With low saturated fats, cholesterol and carbohydrates, they provide not only high-value protein, but also a wide range of essential micronutrients, including various vitamins (D, A and B) and minerals (including calcium, iodine, zinc, iron and selenium).  They also provide essential amino acids, fats and micronutrients that are scarce in vegetable-based diets.  The dietary contribution of fish is more significant in terms of animal proteins, as a portion of 150g of fish provides about 50 – 60 percent of the daily protein requirements for an adult.


With massive depletion of global fish stocks and negative impacts on the ocean system especially due to pollution, it is tricky how fisheries can continue to play this role of sustaining nutrition and diets worldwide.  This is particularly worrisome!  Why? Because it’s become a threat to child growth and survival, as fish is a major source of protein and food for the child in many regions of the world.


We need to fish responsibly!  Fish-out the way forward for the child!


Lets do it NOW!!!


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