Investment potentials in shellfish culture in Nigeria

Fineman-Kalio, A.S. (1987) Investment potentials in shellfish culture in Nigeria. In: 5th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) , 22-25 Sep 1986 ,Ilorin, Nigeria, pp. 471-477.

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Shellfish are a major but cheap protein source for human consumption as well as source of income for coastal towns and villages of the Niger Delta in Rivers State, Cross River, and Lagos States. A research into the nutritive value of some of these marine shellfish viz: bivalves (oyster - Crassostrea gasar and cockle - Anadara senilis); gastropods (periwinkle - Tympanotonus fuscatus, obtuse periwinkle - Semifusus morio and the giant whelk - Thais callifera) and mangrove crabs (green crab - Goniopsis pelli, ghost crab - Cardisoma ormatum, and common blue crab - Callinectes latimanus) was carried out to compare their quality and cost with beef, chicken meat, pork and egg in order to identify those most suitable for commercial culture. Results show that all shellfish had at least 16% crude protein except blue crab (13.38%). All shellfish had higher protein content than egg (13.36%). Cockle with protein content 25.47% compared favourably with beef, (29.60%). Beef, chicken meat and pork cost 11.50, 9.00 and 8.00 per kilo respectively while oyster, periwinkle and the common blue crab cost 3.50, 3.00, and 1.50 per kilo respectively. Oysters and Cockles are recommended for commercial culture based on the findings of this research

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Title: Investment potentials in shellfish culture in Nigeria
Personal Creator/Author:
Fineman-Kalio, A.S.
Page Range: pp. 471-477
Date: 1987
Event Title: 5th Annual Conference of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON)
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: Ilorin, Nigeria
Event Dates: 22-25 Sep 1986
Issuing Agency: Fisheries Society of Nigeria
Uncontrolled Keywords: Nigeria; aquaculture development; human food; investments; nutritive value; shellfish culture
Item ID: 3491
Depositing User: Ms Maria Kalentsits
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2010 15:24
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:19
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