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Illegal fishing impedes devt of aquaculture in Africa

The federal government has said the challenges of illegal fishing and low investment in fisheries and aquaculture is threatening the huge potential abound in the fisheries subsector in Africa.

According to Nigeria’s ministry of agriculture, the lack of update data related to the status of resources and production, as well as the weak human capacity to deeply manage the sector, are other challenges hindering the development of the sector.

The permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Bukar Hassan, stated this at the 10th annual Ministerial Conference of the Fisheries Committee of the West Central Gulf of Guinea held in Abuja.

Hassan said harnessing the huge potentials in fisheries and aquaculture will no doubt give an added impetus to the realization of the shared objectives of wealth creation, food and nutritional security on the continent.

He said this year’s annual conference is unique because it marks the beginning of another milestone in the history of the FCWC as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of existence and excellent performance in fisheries management, promotion of fish trade, fight against illegal unregulated and unreported fishing and regional cooperation among member states.

He assured the participants of the ministry’s support on the objectives of the committee especially in ensuring that the fisheries resources of the sub-sector is sustainably exploited and managed for the present and future generation of the member states.

Hassan noted that the theme of the conference “Investment for Growth and Sustainability in Fisheries in West Africa” is apt and very timely in consonance with existing realities.

In his opening statement, the Secretary General of the Fisheries Committee for Central West of Guinea, FCWC, Mr. Jeraphin Dedi, commended the Nigerian government for having accepted to host the 10th session of the Conference of Ministers and providing all necessary facilities for the conference to succeed.

Dedi said, three days is been allocated for the experts to review activities of the committee in the year 2017, proposed key areas of work improve with recommendations for sustainable management of our fisheries resources.

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