Utilization of the Coastal Areas for Aquaculture in Nigeriaby P. E. Anyanwu, Nigeria Inst for Oceanography and, Marine Research, Lagos, Nigeria,
W. O. Alegbeleye, Nigeria Inst for Oceanography and, Marine Research, Lagos, Nigeria,
Abstract: The current domestic fish production in Nigeria is estimated to be 363,706 tonnes whereas the projected demand is 1,237,000 tonnes. This leaves a deficit in demand of 874,294 tonnes which had to be supplemented with an import of 313,987 tonnes. Over the past ten years, fish production from artisanal and marine fisheries has declined from a maximum of 562,972 tonnes in 1983 to 362,706 tonnes in 1989. This decline has therefore placed emphasis on aquaculture as a potent option to increasing domestic fish production. Unfortunately aquaculture contributed only 25,607 tonnes to national fish demand in 1989 whereas it has an estimated potential of 656,820 tonnes.
Subject Headings: Agriculture | Coastal environment | Developing countries | Fish management | Soil properties | Wetlands (fresh water) | Nigeria | Africa
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