Potentials of Fish Resources and Utilization in the Artisanal and Industrial Fisheries of Nigeria

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by Gbola R. Akande, Nigerian Inst for Oceanography and, Marine Research, Lagos, Nigeria,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastlines of Western Africa:

Abstract: The paper highlights the nature and potentials of fish resources in coastal waters of Nigeria. The Nigerian fishing industry consists of two major sectors namely artisanal and domestic fish production whilst the latter contributes less than 10%. Estimated annual fish yield potentials in the inland and marine waters of Nigeria approximate 517,360 m.t. Of this the coastal and brackish waters contribute 190,000 m.t. while inshore and offshore waters account for 16,200 m.t. and 16,190 m.t. respectively. The present form of artisanal utilisation of fish are smoking and sun-drying.

Subject Headings: Fish management | Developing countries | Industries | Sea water | Salt water | Water resources | Water-based recreation | Nigeria | Africa

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