In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, fish is an important part of the household diet. Fish makes up around 40% of the country’s protein intake, with fish consumption at 13.3 kg/person/per year.
Total fish production per year is close to 1 million metric tons (313,231 metric tons from aquaculture and 759,828 metric tons from fisheries). The majority of this fish is consumed domestically, while around 10% is exported.
Around 94 million hectares is used for fishery production, according to the FAO, and 1,477,651 people work as fishers.