A review of bonga fisheries of the Cross River State, Nigeria

Usentip, N.U. (1985) A review of bonga fisheries of the Cross River State, Nigeria. In: 4th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) , 26-29 November, 1985 ,Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, pp. 171-178.

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Abstract

The Nigerian pelagic fishery contributes about two-thirds of the total marine fishery resources of the country. The main components of this fishery are the clupeid (Ethmalosa, and Sardinella spp) and the scombroid (jacks, barracuda and tuna) fisheries. In 1979 to 1983, fish production from the national inshore and brackishwater zones was 1,702,685 tonnes. Bonga (Ethmalosa fimbriata) which dominates the pelagic fishery in the Cross River State of Nigeria, contributed about 158,612 tonnes (i.e. 9.3%) of this national marine fish catch. Although bonga is caught along the entire Nigerian coast, a significant fishery exists mostly in the wider estuary of the Cross River State, which borders on the Cameroon Republic. In the Cross River State, and within the period, bonga contributed 24% to the marine fish landings. Bonga is supported by a single species (E. fimbriata). The species forms an important fishery all the year-round in the open sea off these estuaries, whenever the canoes venture to sea, but these open sea fisheries are affected by whether conditions. The best, and most suitable gear for bonga are the gill nets, cast nets, boat seines, and shore seines. Dried and smoked bonga are a common market commodity in the southern parts of the country generally, but particularly in the Cross State where it is a readily available and acceptable food item

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Title: A review of bonga fisheries of the Cross River State, Nigeria
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Usentip, N.U.
Page Range: pp. 171-178
Date: 1985
Event Title: 4th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: Port-Harcourt, Nigeria
Event Dates: 26-29 November, 1985
Issuing Agency: Fisheries Society of Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria; fishery data; fishing gear; marine fisheries; pelagic fisheries; Ethmalosa fimbriata;
Subjects: Fisheries
Item ID: 3408
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 21 May 2010 16:52
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:28
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URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3408

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