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Seaboard Training on Marine Pollution Monitoring Techniques

Opening Ceremony
The Seaboard Training on Marine Pollution Monitoring Techniques was conducted by the Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) Project in collaboration with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), from 4–9 September 2006.
The Opening Ceremony was chaired by Mr. Philip Amiengheme of the Federal Department of Fisheries, Abuja who represented the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Nigeria, He was supported by Dr. (Mrs.) Christy Silas, Chairperson of the Governing Board of NIOMR, Rear Admiral I.Y. Ibrahim, representing the Chief of Nigerian Naval Staff, Commander Mike Omobuwajo and Commander O. S. Omitokun representing the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Society, Mr. Thomas Kunjummen, Managing Director of Honeywell Fisheries, Mr. Otunba Nathaniel Fadayomi, Managing Director of FISESCO, Dr. Peter Nwilo, Coordinator of the GCLME-UNILAG Centre for Environmental Information Management and Decision Support System (EIMS), Dr. T.O Ajayi, and the Management Staff of NIOMR.
The Opening was immediately followed by the Flag- off Ceremony at the Nigerian Naval Dockyard on Victoria Island.

Objectives

  1. To acquaint participants with practical knowledge on environmental monitoring in the marine environment.
  2. To provide ship-board training on physical and chemical oceanographic measurements and sampling procedures at sea.
  3. To demonstrate and provide hands-on training on sampling protocol (sample handling, chain of custody, etc.,) and chemical analysis of contaminants and nutrients in seawater.
  4. To acquaint participants with knowledge on biological and microbiological sampling for benthos and pathogens respectively.
  5. To acquaint participants with methodologies, computation /data analysis and inferences from results.

Materials and methods

The trainees were guided by a comprehensive training manual titled ‘Ship-board Training Manual - a Training Manual for Ship-board Coastal and Marine Oceanographic Survey and Associated Laboratory Work’, specifically designed for the course and in line with the Marine Pollution Monitoring Manual validated in Accra, Ghana in April, 2006 for use in the GCLME region. This guided the facilitators and trainees in the conduct of the field and laboratory-based work.

The general notes on sampling at sea, procedures in water sampling, and protocols on specific methodologies were thoroughly explained to acquaint the trainees with the theoretical background and practical applications.

The laboratory sessions examined field samples for analysis on the following: physico-chemistry of water and sediments; nutrients; heavy metals in bottom sediments and fish samples; organochlorine compounds metabolites and polyaromatic hydrocarbons; fish, sediment and water microbiology; sediment characteristics; and benthos.

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