The Development Plan started with the National Aquaculture Strategy that led to setting up of National Aquaculture Task Force. In collaboration with experts and policy makers from the Federal Department of Fisheries and National Programmes for Food Security of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the plan was developed.
The development of National Aquaculture Strategies has proven useful in 15 African countries for defining roles and responsibilities of Government and Private Sector. Well-documented strategies have been useful in obtaining loans and funding for projects. This National Aquaculture Strategy for Nigeria is a living document to be subjected to regular review and updating.
The Code CCRF, which was unanimously adopted on 31 October 1995 by the FAO Conference, provides a necessary framework for national and international efforts to ensure sustainable exploitation of aquatic living resources in harmony with the environment. The FAO, in accordance with its mandate, is fully committed to assisting Member States, particularly developing countries, in the efficient implementation of the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries.
The handbook describes how to raise fish within a controlled enclosure like fibre glass tanks/ Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) in such a way that the growth, health and habitat of such resources can be managed,monitored and sustained at an optimal level. Due to its mobility, the use of GRP in fish farming has received wide acceptance with great benefits to users.
This plan represents the end of a design process and the beginning of an implementation process. The plan has been designed following the principles of the FAO’s Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management. The over-arching goal of the plan is to maximize the sustainable benefits realized from the exploitation of Nigerian shrimp resources by the industrial fishery, subject to ecosystem sustainability and social constraints, and to ensure that such sustainable benefits are equitably distributed.