The Hydrographic Society of Nigeria has hosted the first fishing competition in Lagos in a move to boost fishing sports activities on one hand and tap the economic potentials of fishing in Nigeria.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the fishing competition, the National President of the society, Rear Admiral Ayo Olugbode, said the inability of the nation to meet with it’s fish production is because it has not been able to sustainably utilize 20 percent of the potentials of the country’s waters.
Admiral Olugbode who was the special guest of honour at the event said with the creation of the Ministry of Marine and Blue Economy, the importance of the oceans and seas to the economy of the nation can no longer be swept under the carpet.
He stated that fishing plays an important role in further driving the Marine and Blue Economy in addition to boosting sporting activities, leveraging on the waterways.
The President of the Society revealed that the fishing competition is geared towards ensuring that the nation’s oceans and seas are responsible for the economic growth of the nation.
According to him, the water hyacinth is quite disturbing, but yet opportunities on the waterway can be converted into wealth.
He said the duty of the Hydrographic Society is the charting of the country’s water and that a single survey of the waters can be used in multiple ways for the growth and development of Nigeria. The biggest fish caught, Barracuda, weighed over 16.7 tonnes