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Nigeria: Coastal protection imperative for sustainable fishery economy by Gordi Udeajah - Umuahia March 15,2019   |  Source: The Guardian

A professor of fisheries and aquatic resources management, Anthony Nlewadim, has said that the protection of coastal communities and water bodies from effects of climate change and other anthropogenic sources of degradation are imperative to maintaining a stable and sustainable economy through fisheries.

Nlewadim of the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, in Abia State, spoke while delivering the 39th inaugural lecture of the university, entitled, ‘Fishes and Fisheries: The Mysteries in the Waters’.He stated that the vulnerability of the country’s coastal wetlands to climate change consequently required greater attention to develop mitigation measures and create strategies to maintain a sustainable balance. He listed some contributions of the fisheries sector, saying that the World Fish 2017 factsheet for Nigeria indicated that the total fish production per year was close to one million metric tonnes and made up of 313,231 tonnes from aquaculture and 759,828 tonnes from capture fisheries.

According to him, the majority of the fish is consumed domestically, while about 10% is exported, adding that about 1,477,651 people work as fishers in Nigeria (FAO, 2016 b) and that this number could be increased and sustained if better environmental laws and

Theme(s): Landing Centres, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Communities and Organisations, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Others, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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