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Dr (Mrs.) Mabel Yarhere

Dr (Mrs.) Mabel Yarhere is an Assistant Director (Extension and Communication Research) in the Fisheries Resources Department of the Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR). She is the Head of Extension, Research and Liaison Services Section. Dr Mabel Yarhere joined NIOMR as Public Relations Officer before converting to the Research cadre after she obtained her Masters Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos in 1995.  She then proceeded to the University of Ibadan where she obtained her PhD in Fisheries Extension and Communication from the Communication and Language Arts in 2009.  Her Thesis was on ‘Influence of Communication Approaches on Fisherfolks’ Adoption of Fisheries Technologies in three Agro-Ecological Zones of Nigeria’.

Dr. Yarhere has attended many  International trainings on Community Development Education: in Israel, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana and Nigeria. These community development trainings actually gave her a pep-up in many of the projects she is handling today.  She is in charge of the World Bank Funded project by the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) on Adopted Communities and Colleges where integrated Aquacultural practices for increased production of fish and improved income of fisherfolks are being promoted. 

Dr Mabel Yarhere is also in charge of the collaborative Universities and NIOMR SIWES (Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme) programme, where students are availed the opportunities of practical works in Fisheries and Oceanography.
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At the International level, Dr Mabel Yarhere is currently the Director of the International Ocean Institute (IOI-NIGERIA), domiciled in NIOMR. She promotes the mission of the IOI which is the promotion of education, training and research to enhance the peaceful use of ocean space, its resources, their management, regulation, protection and conservation guided by principle of the common heritage of mankind. She was trained in South Africa on ‘Ocean Governance and Law of the Sea’ at Cape Town in 2013.
The IOI headquarter is located in Malta.  She has just returned from Malta where the new IOI programmes on capacity building in Ocean Governance and Law of the Sea is being focused on. Details of the IOI international can be found in www.ioinst.orgDr Yarhere is a Fisheries Extensionist, with high passion on transfer of technologies to Fisherfolks and potential fish farmers and Environmentalists. She has published scholarly articles in several peer reviewed Journals and presented papers and published at local and international conferences’ proceedings. She is the Editor-in-Chief of NIOMR Newsletter.

She has also been meritoriously honoured with awards of appreciation by the Fisheries Society of Nigeria for her commitment to Fisheries Development in Nigeria. She has also just been nominated for the Fellowship Award of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria.   Dr Yarhere is a professional member of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON). She is the current 1st Vice President of FISON in charge of the Secretariat and the Fisheries Institute of Nigeria (FIN).  She has previously held the post of 2nd Vice President for eight years.

She is married to Barrister (Chief) Joshua Yarhere and by association  Chief (Dr) Mrs Mabel Yarhere was also coronated as the ‘Okeneke of Ughievben’ in Urhobland in 2013.   

Her hobbies include singing in a Church Choir, swimming and walking long distances.


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