As beneficial as Raphia palm or Wine palm is, some ignorant fishermen have devised using it in harvesting fish from streams and rivers in large quantities. These fishermen actions, which seems harmless, has consequences on the overall well being of the different fish strains inhabiting such water bodies, unknown to these fisher-folks. This article therefore shows the outcome of the study carried out to check the effect of the methanolic extract of Raphia palm on the reproductive ability of mud-catfishes.
This article is important as it shows the non-physical consequences of the fishermen actions, which seems harmless, on the overall well being of the different fish strains inhabiting our water bodies. Likewise, this article also shows through the outcome of this study that such fishermen actions could have effect on the reproductive ability of mud-catfishes.
This study was inspired by one of my mentors, Prof. Aina Adeogun, who supervised my B.Sc. degree project and encouraged me to study the Raphia Palm. The inspiration of using mud-catfishes was birthed during my industrial training at Oyo State Ministry of Agriculture and while being trained along with my friend Festus Adigun Ekunola. These two great minds spurs me to think and design this research, which have turned out to be life-saver to the fish-fauna populations of Most Nigerian wetlands. Thus, I hope this article makes people become more cautious of what they might think is harmless and relate responsibly with the environment and its' resources. Dr Afolayan A, PhD
Hindawi Publishing Corporation. Advances in Zoology
Adedotun O. Afolayan, Temitope I. Borokini, and Gloria O. Afolayan. Sublethal Effects of Methanolic Extract of Raphia hookeri on the Reproductive Capacity of Clarias gariepinus. Hindawi Publishing Corporation Advances in Zoology Volume 2014, Article ID 615908, 10 pages http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014