The Fishing Zonal Council of the Nigerian Merchant Navy Officers and Water Transport Senior Staff Association (NMNOWTSSA) on Monday, 21st November, 2022 celebrated the World Fisheries Day in Nigeria.
The event which is the first of its kind, attracted stakeholders from the fishing sub-sector of the maritime industry where discussions on improving on the safety and standards of the sector were held.
The World Fisheries Day which was introduced in 2018, holds every 21 of November of every year.
The purpose of the annual celebration of the day is draw attention of the world to the hazards inherent in the sector and finding ways to ameliorate them.
The theme of this year’s edition is Enhancing Sustainable Fish Production for Improved Food.
In his opening speech, the National President of of NMNOWTSSA, Comrade Bob Yousou said that history was being made as a result of the maiden celebration of the day in Nigeria.
The union boss who was represented at the event by the Secretary General, John Aleakhue Okpono, quipped that the union had decided to support the annual event.
His words, “As it has always been in the character of our visionary administration to endure the culture of professionalism and international best practices is the status quo that practitioners in the sector should adhere to immensely.
He averred that the event was an avenue to gather major stakeholders in the formal and informal sector adding that they are major contributions to the value chain of the fishing industry in order to discuss and proffer solutions to the numerous challenges affecting the business.
He maintained that there was the need for the public and private industries to come together and engage seasoned professionals or erudite scholars in the maritime sub-fishing industry to deliver essential and relevant topics that will build capacity for seafarers aboard ships.
His words, “A sustainable fishery is one that is harvested at a sustainable rate so that the fish population does not decline over time
To achieve this, according to him, fisheries management combines population dynamics and other theoretical disciplines with practical strategies must be put in place for renewable aquatic resources.
Highpoints of the event was the lectures delivered by notable agencies of government that regulates fishing activities in Nigeria and ITF representatives in Nigeria.
The 2022 edition with theme “Enhancing Sustainable Fish Production For Improved Food, as put together by the union, had in attendance- top officials from the Federal Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture , Ministry of Agriculture, International Transport Workers Federation ITF, Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) , seafarers , traders and the Nigeria Trawler Owners Association NITOA in attendance.