The potential and strategies for optimum utilization of the fisheries resources of Nigeria
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The potential of the fishery resources of Nigeria (marine, brackish and freshwater) is assessed by means of primary and secondary data. The status of fish culture and its rapid development possibilities are discussed. Catch disposal and wastage therefore are critically examined. The inshore artisanal fisheries which have access to 128,000-170,000 mt of demersal pelagic and shellfish resources annually appear to be almost fully exploited. There is hope however for increased capture gear efficiency. On the other hand, the demersal stocks of the inshore industrial fishery, with a potential of 20,000 m.t. are still under-utilised. If poaching is eliminated, 3,500-4,000 mt of shrimp P. notialis can be harvested along with 7,000 mt of good sized fish as by catch. The offshore fisheries, composed of demersal stocks (10,000 m.t.) small pelagic fisheries (8,900 m.t.) and a seemingly large potential of deep water red shrimps, are not harvest at all by Nigeria. The freshwater fishery is exc.....
Series;NrTechnical Paper, 18
- Technical Report