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Nigerians are large fish consumers with a total consumption at more than 1.36 million MT. With fish imports making up about three fifths (740,000 MT) of the fish supply. Although the contribution of fisheries to the Gross Domestic Product is only 3-4%, it occupies a very significant position in the primary sector providing employment for over a million people (FDF, 2007) and contributing about 50% of the animal protein intake of the population, particularly the resource poor (IFC. 2003). Furthermore, fisheries in the Nigerian economy show that there is already a demand / supply deficit of over 60%.

There is in addition, steady decline in capture fisheries sources, due to normal global trends which are aggravated by specific local disturbances in Nigerian coastal and offshore waters. This scenario has led to a shift in focus to inland water resources especially aquaculture, which efforts have yielded encouraging results in the past few years. Nigeria moved rapidly from a production level of 25,720 m.tons in 2000 to 56,355 m.tons in 2005 to 85,087 million tons (FDF, 2007). This upward trend is expected to continue and there is a subsisting Government directive on the fisheries administration to among other things; “Review the existing National fisheries Policy and formulate strategies and plans for sustainable fisheries management and development in the country.”

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