The achievement of self sufficiency in fish production through the provision of appropriate infrastructure to enhance fish production and utilisation by the private sector.
The development and modernisation of the means of production, processing, storage, and marketing of fish and shell fish Monitoring, control and surveillance of Nigeria’s marine and freshwater fisheries resources for the achievement of resource conservation in partnership with relevant research institutes, Law enforcement agencies.
Transfer of appropriate and modern fisheries technology to end users and extensionists in linkage with relevant State based extension Agencies.
Fish quality assurance and value addition to enhance foreign exchange earnings from exported shell fish and fin fish (Promotion of export trade in shrimps and fish products as a means of earning foreign exchange from non-oil sources
Provision of fishing inputs to fishermen for increased fish production
Improvement on the quality of life in fishing villages
Reduction of post harvest fish losses
Provision and Improvement of employment opportunities in the rural fishing communities thereby reducing rural urban migration, crime and criminalities
Acceleration and adoption of research in all aspects of fisheries
The Nigerian Federal Fisheries Service was established in the early forties by the British colonial government. The vision then was to focus on fisheries research for extension and development activities for which two centres existed – one at Victoria Island –Lagos State, Malamfatori -Borno State and the other at Buguma in (Rivers State). In 1976, the research oriented Department was split into two to form the current Federal Department of Fisheries (FDF) for development activities and the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) for Marine Fisheries Research.
Establishment of Department of Fisheries.
In 1975, the Federal Military Government of Nigeria promulgated the “Decree on the Research Institutes Establishment Order” for the creation of 22 Research Institutes out of which 14 were agricultural based. Among these, the Federal Fisheries Services was later split into two namely,
Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research(NIOMR), charged with fisheries research;
Federal Department of Fisheries (FDF), charged with fisheries development.
Two additional fisheries research institutes were created as follow:
Lake Chad Research Institute, based in Maiduguri, Borno State
Kainji Lake Research Institute, located in New Bussa, Niger State.