2016, Vol. 4 Issue 4, Part B
An overview of efforts towards collaborative fisheries management in the gulf of guinea by Nigeria
Author(s): Yetunde E Agbeja
Marine fisheries make important contribution to food security, employment and income of coastal communities in the developing countries. The Guinea Current Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) is ranked among the five most productive Large Marine Ecosystems (LMEs) in the world today in terms of biomass yields. The region is rich in many resources such as fisheries, oil and gas reserves and precious minerals. It also has a high potential for tourism and harbors marine biological diversity of global significance that contribute greatly to the livelihood and employment of the people of countries bordering the GCLME. However, in recent years there is more awareness about the dwindling fish catches from the region; hence better fisheries management instruments have become crucial.
To promote co-operation in the management of fisheries within and between coastal States and on the high seas, States have created a series of regional arrangements and agreements. Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) and Regional Fisheries Bodies (RFBs) have become progressively more important in fisheries management. This aim of this paper is to highlight the basis for regional fisheries management in Nigeria and the Gulf of Guinea Large Marine Ecosystem (GCLME) and progress made towards regional collaborative sustainable fisheries management practices in Nigeria. This article will be concluded by suggesting efforts that will enhance collaboration in the region.
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