Fish is an important part of the household diet in Nigeria, which is the most populous country in Africa. Fish accounts for around 40 percent 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 percent is exported.
Around 94 million hectares are used for fishery production, according to the FAO, and 1,477,651 people work as fishers.