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Nigeria Industrial trawl finfish fishery
Fishery  Fact Sheet
FCWC Fisheries Reports 2020
Nigeria Industrial trawl finfish fishery
Fact Sheet Citation  
Industrial trawler fish fishery
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Location of Nigeria Industrial trawl finfish fishery

Geographic reference:  Nigeria
Spatial Scale: National
Reference year: 2019
Approach: Fishing Activity

Fishing Activity
Fishing Gear: Single boat bottom otter trawls
Type of production system: Industrial
Fishery Area: Nigeria
Seasonality: All year

Harvested Resource
Target Species: null; Bigeye grunt; Tonguesole nei …  

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

Fishing Activity
Type of production system: Industrial   

Fishery Area
Climatic zone: Tropical.   Depth zone: Shelf - Uppershelf (up to 100 m).   Horizontal distribution: Neritic.   Vertical distribution: Demersal.  

Within 5 and 10 nautical miles of the territorial waters

Geo References for: Nigeria
Vessel Type

Vessel length: <25.3 meters

Catch Handling and Processing Equipment
Freezers, ice
Flag State
Fishing Gear
Single boat bottom otter trawls
Cod-end mesh size = 76 mm
Protected Species (Bycatch)
Sea turtle, Marine mammals
All year
Kirikiri Lighter terminal port, Lagos
Trip Duration
5 days; 30 - 35 days
Fisherfolks Community
Ghana and Nigeria nationals
List of fishery Indicators
Fishery Indicators
TypeMeasureValueUnitTime period
Nominal EffortNumber of vessels 12vessels2019
EmploymentNumber of fishermen 90Persons2019
Post Harvest
Fish Utilisation
Fresh, Frozen
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): Federal Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mandate: Management; Regulation; Policies; Protection etc.  
Area of Competence: Nigeria
Maritime Area: National waters.  
Management Regime
Management Methods

Conservation, management and compliance measures with focus on Catch control, Effort control, Environment protection - Binding

  • Gear-related measures
    Mesh size, Mandatory use of Turtle Excluder Device (TED)
  • Vessel-related measures
     Access Control : Vessel type, Access Control : Vessel size
  • Fishing activity-related measures
    Licenses, non-trawling zone within 5 nautical miles, mandatory landing of all catch at fishing ports/jetties in Nigeria
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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