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Nigeria Artisanal dug out canoe coastal fishery - Lagos
Fishery  Fact Sheet
FCWC Fisheries Reports 2020
Nigeria Artisanal dug out canoe coastal fishery - Lagos
Fact Sheet Citation  
Dug out [FCWC] - Canoe/Dug out canoe
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Overview: Wooden canoes of length ranging from 4.5 to 6.1m and non motorized. Fishing activities inherited by  households for daily provision of fresh fish for family and public consumption.

Location of Nigeria Artisanal dug out canoe coastal fishery - Lagos

Geographic reference:  Nigeria
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2016
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Cast nets  

Type of production system: Artisanal
Fishery Area: Nigeria
Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: Alexandria pompano; African forktail snapper; null …  

Means of Production
Vessel Type:
Fishery Indicators
Nominal Effort: Number of vessels
Employment: Number of fishermen

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Artisanal   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Depth zone: Coastal (0 m - 50 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Pelagic; Demersal.  

Up to 7 nautical miles from coast 

Geo References for: Nigeria
Target Species

Adult and Juvenile
Vessel Type

Dug out canoe. Vessel length: Vessel length: 4 - 6 meters

1 - 2
Flag State
All year
Over 120 landing sites
Trip Duration
1 day
Fisherfolks Community
Nigeria nationals
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 160vessels2016
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 300Persons2016
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Fresh, smoked
Benin, Nigeria
Management unit: Yes

Legal definition
Sea Fisheries Acts of 1971 (Licensing), Regulations of 1971, Sea Fisheries (Fishing) Regulations of 1972, The EEZ Decree of 1978, the Sea fisheries Decree of 1992, Sea Fisheries Regulation 1995
Jurisdictional framework
Management Body/Authority(ies): Lagos State Department of Fisheries
Mandate: Management; Monitoring.  
Area of Competence: Nigeria
Maritime Area: National waters.  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Conservation and management measures, both binding and non-binding. with focus on Catch control, Effort control - Binding

  • Gear-related measures
    Mesh size
Source of Information
Information provided by the FCWC Secretariat (FCWC Regional Database) and the Nigeria National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority. March 2021.
FAO. 2021. Report of the Fisheries and Resources Monitoring System (FIRMS) and Fishery Statistics Capacity Development Data Workshop. Virtual Workshop, 26–30 October 2020. Rome.  Click to open
FAO. Report of the Workshop of National Coordinators of the UNEP/GEF/FAO Project on Reducing the Impact of Tropical Shrimp Trawling Fisheries on Living Marine Resources Through the Adoption of Environmentally Friendly Techniques and Practices. Rome, Italy, 17-19 March 1999. FAO Fisheries Report. No. 605. Rome, FAO. 1999. 46p.  Click to open
FAO Yearbook of Fishery and Aquaculture Statistics.
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