A Professor of Fisheries Management, Prof. Oluayo Anthony Bello-Olusoji today explored how Nigeria can create more work for the unemployed restless youths, increase its GDP and boost the economy through value addition to shellfish fisheries as obtainable in Asia, America and Latin America.
Prof. Bello- Olusoji made this assertion while delivering the 124th inaugural lecture of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, titled: “Balanced Equation: The Missing Value-Shellfish” at the University’s Main Auditorium.
According to him, Shellfish are neglected crustaceans that can generate more income thereby balancing the equation as an alternative protein source to the expensive fish meal that is reducing farmers profit.
Prof. Bello- Olusoji while identifying the need to create and prioritize Shellfish bank to map indigenous molluscs for cultivation and harvesting also stressed the need to develop the Mussel industry by giving more attention to managing molluscs into tangible economic assets.
Other recommendations presented included the need to investigate the economic viability of freshwater prawn farming, reduce the impact of effluent on aquatic habitat by enacting stricter policies and laws that hamper obnoxious discharge of toxic substances into water bodies and as well increased support for crab farming to complement traditional fishing, create jobs, increase protein consumption, substitute for calcium and protein in animal feed among others.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Joseph Fuwape ably represented while acknowledging that the lecture which is the 46th from the School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology and delivered by the pioneer head of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology applauded Prof. Bello-Olusoji for adding to the body of knowledge in his field of endeavour.