A review of the crayfish fishery of Nigeria with special reference to the Cross River State.
In: 4th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
, 26-29 November, 1985
, Port-Harcourt, Nigeria.
The fishery for crayfish is of considerable importance in the maritime region of the Cross River State, Nigeria, where it forms an important occupation of a host of fishermen. Crayfish landings from this State contributed 11% to the national marine fish landings within the period 1980 to 1984 and also in the same period the volume of crayfish alone formed 26% of the marine fish landings within the State. The species exploited as crayfish include Palaemon hastatus; Hippolysmata hastatoides, and Macrobrachium sp; mixed with the larval, and juveniles of pink shrimp Panaeus dourarum. They are generally small in size ranging from 7 cm (maximum) to 2.5 cm. Crayfish are caught all year round along the Niger Delta, but particularly along the river estuaries and littoral waters of the Cross River State with the highest production occurring in March to May. Crayfish are usually smoked, and occasionally sun-dried, and they form an indispensable food item in the diet of the people of the entire southern States in particular and Nigeria in general. It appears that crayfish landings could be substantially increased without depleting the stock, if a proper exploratory survey is undertaken of the Niger delta, and the Cross River estuaries to chart potentially rich grounds of this resource
Conference or Workshop Item
||A review of the crayfish fishery of Nigeria with special reference to the Cross River State
||4th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
||26-29 November, 1985
||Fisheries Society of Nigeria
||Nigeria, Cross River State; fishery data; fishery industry; landing statistics; lobster fisheries
Ms Maria Kalentsists
||13 May 2010 11:31
||29 Sep 2011 17:31
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