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Stakeholders Raise Alarm Over GMO Tilapia Fish, Say Aquatic Ecosystems Under Attack

by Anita Ogona

As stakeholders concerned with the wellbeing of our aquatic ecosystems, we see the so-called gift of genetically improved tilapia as potentially having adverse effects on our food system and on the livelihoods of millions of fisherfolks and processors. We also call on our government to put a stop to approvals of genetically modified fish, animals, or plants in Nigeria until the biosafety regulatory system is strengthened and tightened. We also demand that in all cases public participation should be mandatory to ensure transparency and the Precautionary Principle should be adhered to strictly in all cases.

FishNet Alliance calls on the Nigerian government to provide resources to public fisheries and oceanography institutions for healthy management of our aquatic ecosystems and resources rather than opening the gates for novel varieties, coming under the guise of philanthropy that may negatively affect our food systems. We hope that the genetically improved tilapia will not be used as an opening to sneak in genetically engineered fish into our environment and dining tables.

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FishNet Alliance
GMO Free Nigeria
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)
We the People
Kabetkache Women Development and Resource Centre
Environmental Rights Action/ Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN)
Committee on Vital Environmental Resources (COVER)
Speak Nigeria
Urban Rural Environmental Defenders (U-RED)
Gender and Environmental Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI)
The Young Environmentalist Network (TYEN)
Oilwatch Nigeria
Green Alliance, Nigeria (GAN)
Host Communities Network of Nigeria (HoCoN)
Eco Defenders Network
Foundation for the Conservation of the Earth (FOCONE)
Lekeh Development Foundation (LEDEF)
Urban Alert
Elena De Light Foundation
Angel Support Foundation
President to People’s Encouragers Initiative
Society for Development
Centre for Environmental Advocacy and Development (CEDA)
Africa Faith & Justice Network Nigeria (AFJN-N).
Urban-Rural Environmental Defenders (U-RED)
Society for Development
Basic Rights Action (BRA)
Sustenance of the Nig. Environment (OSNE)
Society for Women and Youths Affairs (SWAYA)
Niger Delta Development Initiative
Greenleaf Advocacy and Empowerment Center
Center for Human Rights Health Ethnic Harmony and Livelihood Development
(CHHELD)
The Ebonyi Coalition of CSOs
Foundation for Environmental Rights, Advocacy & Development (FENRAD
Nigeria)
CLO South South Zone
Centre for Human Rights and Development (CEHRD)
Centre for Media Environment and Development Communications (CEMEDEC)
National Point
Gender and Advocacy Justice Initiative (GAJI)
Jelu New Breed Foundation
Ohaka Women and Children Development Organization
Women Environment and Youth Development Initiative (WOYODEV)
Pearls Care Initiative (PCI)
Glorious Teens Ministry (GTM)
Grass to Amazing Favour Global Foundation
Women Environmental Programme (WEP)

 


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