Marine Stakeholders are set to come together to discuss issues concerning Illegal and disorderly fishing activities that occur in the country‘s waterways that should be checked.
The meeting will take place in Lagos at Maritime Business Roundtable Breakfast Meeting (MBRBM) on April 13 at the Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
Mrs. Oritsematosan Edodo-Emore, the host of the meeting and chairman of Zoe Maritime Resources Ltd, said it is essential for the Federal Government to gain and exploit the benefits of the country’s ocean resources in addition to growing the ocean economy.
“The rivalry Nigerian fishermen encounter in the fishing industry in Nigeria is huge. One is that industrial fishing agencies from different continents come to abuse our oceans.
“It needs us to be careful, our safety device needs to be active and attentive to ensure that our oceans and their materials are safeguarded.
“It is vital for the government to know that there is a need to enlighten and coach its people, to be able to benefit from the stocks of the ocean.
“And so, we need the Ministry of Agriculture and the minister in charge of fishing, to work with the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and security forces to shield our oceans,” she said.
She noted that it was salient to guarantee the use of technology to handle some of the problems challenging the fishing industry such as trawling, storage, and protection.