The Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) has said that the country’s annual fish production capacity of N1.1 million metric tonnes is ‘abysmal.’
Dr Agbabiaka Adegoke, National President of the society, stated this in Abakaliki during the 34th Annual Conference of the society.
The theme of the conference is ‘’Fisheries and Aquaculture: A catalyst for Nigeria’s Economic Growth”.
Adegoke said the figure was grossly inadequate of a nation whose population was over 190 million.
Represented by Mrs Ansa Ebinimi, the society’s Deputy President in charge of Finance and Linkages, Adegoke said: ” Nigeria is a fish consuming nation with an annual demand of 3.5 million metric tonnes.
Speaking at the event Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi commended FISON for choosing the state to host the conference, noting that it was in recognition of its fishery potentials. (NAN)