Stakeholders in the Maritime sector have called for collaborations and support for fishers in the country, so as to improve their livelihood and also harness the potential and opportunity of the blue economy.
Executive Director of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Dr Sule Abiodun Yussuf made this known at a stakeholders’ meeting in Lagos on Friday to brainstorm on challenges facing the fisheries Industry and how to chart a way forward.
Dr Sule said Nigeria’s coastline which is about 860 Kilometers and one sixth of the African coastline needs to be protected and harnessed, because there lies the nation’s blue economy.
He said the meeting which is based on fishery governance, its monitoring control, surveillance, economic impact, is aimed at bringing all stakeholders together so as to ensure food security in the country.
Representing the Nigerian Navy in the meeting, Commodore Gideon Kachim, said the Navy is ready to participate as a strong stakeholder in performing its statutory duties to allow fisheries thrive on water and protect them from any form of illegalities across the ocean.
Founder, Nigeria Women in Agricultural Research for Development, Professor Stella William, said the purpose of the meeting was to begin a dialogue on how to impact on the lives and livelihood of fishers, especially the small scale ones known as artisanal fishers.
Other stakeholders at the meeting were the representative of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture in the Federal Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development (FMARD), Vice President of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON), and the representative of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture amongst others.