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unreported, unregulated and illegal fishing.
Secretary, Gulf of Guinea (GoG) Commission stated this on Monday at the Second GoG
Annual Conference convened in Lagos by the Nigerian Maritime Administration and
Safety Agency (NIMASA).
Blue Economy in the Interest of Food Security in the Gulf of Guinea Region,”
Ukonga said that global illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is
estimated at 11-26 million tonnes of fish ($10-22 billion) annually, with West
Africa alone accounting for $2 billion.
between concerned countries and their maritime administrators to develop both
“artisanal fishing for maintaining self and family, and commercial fishing for
other goods and services that may be needed.”
Director, Finance and Administration in NIMASA, Mr. Bashir Jamo, stated that as
the commission’s first segment of the seminar on blue economy in Nigeria, the
conference would expose what constitutes the concept, its potentials as a
goldmine, constraints and the way forward.
and tap the enormous resources in its coastlines, adding that though many
countries in the continent had recently started exploiting hydrocarbon resources,
the fortunes therein were already being hampered by competition and the recent
developments in technology.