Promoting the attainment of self-sufficiency in fish production for sustainable livelihood of fisherfolks, through rational exploitation of the inland aquatic resources of Nigeria.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity

Web 2.0 and Social Media Learning Opportunity

National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research

New-Bussa, Niger State, Nigeria 20-24 October 2014

Technological innovation is taking place at a breath-taking pace. Simple, open source internet-based applications and services designed to enhance on-line collaboration are now available to the wider public at little or no cost at all. These new online technologies known as Web 2.0 and ‘social media’ enable people to collaborate to create, share and publish information.
The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation EU-ACP (CTA) has a mandate to facilitate access to and dissemination of information in the fields of agriculture and rural development in 78 countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). Supporting the adoption of Web 2.0 applications represents a great opportunity for meeting it.
The National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) in collaboration with CTA, the Agricultural Research Council of Nigeria (ARCN) and the Federal College of Freshwater Fisheries Technology (FCFFT) will host a 5-day Web 2.0 Learning Opportunity on 20-24 October, 2014. Participants will be introduced to selected web 2.0 applications and will learn how to use them hands-on.The Learning Opportunity will cover advanced online searching, getting information served via alerts and RSS, collaborating remotely using Google Drive, Dropbox, VoIP, online mapping and social media. Participants will get a chance to see what others have done, get hands-on experience on how to use innovative applications, and assess how they could adopt these innovations within the context of their work and organisation. This Learning Opportunity forms part of CTA initiatives that support development partners in networking, accessing and disseminating information more effectively.
Programme of the Learning Opportunity
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media: concepts and principles;
  • Selective access to information via (i) advanced multilingual search options; (ii) RSS and (iii) automated alerts;
  • Content curation: Tagging and Social Bookmarking; 
  • Photos for the web;
  • Remote collaboration (e.g. GoogleDrive, Dropbox);
  • Online conversations (Skype, Google Hangouts, Viber, Whatsapp);
  • Online mapping (New Google Maps);
  • Blogging (Blogger or Wordpress);
  • Micro-blogging (Twitter);
  • Social networking (LinkedIn and Facebook), risks and mitigation measures;
  • Online Communities of Practice;
  • Web 2.0 and Social Media for Agri-business and marketing.
Participants - Eligibility and responsibilities
Participation in the Learning Opportunity is free of charge, but subject to acceptance by the organisers. 25 participants will be accepted for the event.
Eligibility criteria
  • be computer literate and conversant with browsing the Internet;
  • have regular access to a computer ( ownership of a computer is an advantage);
  • be competent in the use of the English language;
  • have an active e-mail account;
  • be actively engaged in agriculture and rural development / natural resource management / biodiversity conservation in the domains of ICT for development (ICT4D), policies, markets; publishing, communication and media;
  • be in a position to take along a WIFI-enabled laptop to the training;
  • be a resident of Nigeria.
Accepted participants will be responsible for all costs related to their travel to and from the venue at the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR), their accommodation, breakfast and supper, their daily subsistence allowances, and for bringing their own WIFI-enabled laptop to the event.
During each event, the organisers will provide lunch and refreshments and distribute copies of CTA publications and instructional material.
The organisers will inform successful applicants about the status of their application two weeks before the commencement of each course. Successful applicants will receive confirmation letters; others will be duly informed about the outcome of their application.

How to Apply
Interested candidates should complete the online application form by clicking this link:

Deadline for Application
22 September, 2014

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Bayelsa 2012 Declared Open By President Jonathan

The 27th Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria was formally declared open by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the Banquet Hall, Ovom, Yenagoa coincidentally on the the 27th day of November 2012. The President was represented by the Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of  Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Bukar Tijani.

Photos from the Conference 

Monday, 26 November 2012

Welcome to the 27th Annual Conference in Yenagoa

The theme for the 27th Annual General Meeting Bayelsa is ‘THE ROLE OF FISHERIES IN THE NATIONAL AGRICULTURE TRANSFORMATION AGENDA’ with various sub-themes thoughtfully carved out around Aquaculture Transformation Agenda of the Agriculture Transformation Agenda. An array of disciplines contributing to the brainstorming sessions (technical sessions) for the advancement of our fisheries has been designed. In Bayelsa FISON will again have the opportunity to lead the way in a changing world by advancing the principles of sound science while promoting professional development, and disseminating science based information.

We received inquiries about whether Yenagoa will be dry enough to host the conference. These were genuine concerns considering the recent flooding in our nation. We are pleased to announce that Yenagoa is nice and dry.  FISON members and  Conference delegates have been arriving for the conference since the weekend. Remember that it is a family re-union of all Fisheries people.
We say kudos to the program committees and the Local Organising Committee who set up local arrangements for the 27th Annual Conference in Yenagoa  Bayelsa State. All is set and we look forward to receiving you all at the conference.
We wish all conference participants and delegates journey mercies to Bayelsa The Glory of All lands.




Tuesday, 10 July 2012

NIFFR Web Log Launched

The blog of the National Institute for Freshwater Fisheries Research (NIFFR) was launched today. The site will provide constant and regular updates on the research and extension activities of the Institute.