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Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), is a multidisciplinary marine research institute and Nigeria's prime institute for Marine Sciences. The headquarters of the institute is located at the Bar Beach, contiguous to the Atlantic Ocean. Our scientific research activities encompass virtually all aspects concerned with ocean and marine science namely Aquaculture, Biological oceanography, Biotechnology, Fisheries resources, Fish technology & Product development, Physical & Chemical oceanography, Marine geology/geophysics, African Regional Aquaculture Centre (ARAC), Extension Services, Mariculture, Fishing Technology and Safety and Marine Meteorology and Safety.

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Maritime Stakeholders Advocate Harnessing Potential Of Blue Economy

Stakeholders in the Maritime sector are advocating for proper harnessing of the potential of the blue economy in order to develop the nation’s coastline for further opportunities. It also called for a robust fishery management system as well as collaborations and support for fishers in the country, so as to improve their livelihoods. The Executive Director of the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, NIOMR, Dr. Sule Abiodun was part of the stakeholders meeting in Lagos where experts brainstormed on challenges facing the fisheries industry and how to chart a way forward. Abiodun explained that the aim of the meeting was to replicate what the francophone members are doing, saying that the Nigerian coast, which is about 860 kilometers and about 462 nautical miles, lies the blue economy of the nation.

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All Atlantic Ocean Sustainable, Profitable and Resilient Aquaculture

ASTRAL is a European Union Horizon 2020 collaborative project that focuses on integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) farming.

Our aims include defining, supporting, and promoting this type of sustainable aquaculture production across the Atlantic area.

The ASTRAL Consortium includes 16 partners and two associate partners from ten countries namely Norway, Scotland, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal, Nigeria, South Africa, Argentina, and Brazil.
NIOMR is a Lead Institution for the task on Human Capacity Development, a major focus of the ASTRAL project which is Aquaculture and Ocean Science/Literacy.


The Nippon Foundation (NF) and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) 2020 Shipboard Training onboard the Gulf of Guinea cruise.

As part of the POGO-supported project Acquisition of Oceanographic Data for Sustainable Resources Management in the Gulf of Guinea, two cruises will sample diverse parameters such as salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll a, pH, current speed and direction, nutrients, bottom sediment and meteorological data in an offshore transect from Lagos into the Gulf of Guinea with ten (10) stations.

NIOMR Training

Manpower development of unemployed in aquaculture and value chain capacity building (Federal Government of Nigeria Assisted)

December, 2021

Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), the only Institute in Nigeria with centre of Excellence in the area of Marine science, organized this training on Aquaculture, and it covers 860km coastal water from Badagry across the Atlantic Ocean to Marine boundaries and 685km rapid waters.
The need to empower women and youths to be self reliance informed the five day training on “Value chain capacity building training on aquaculture production and post-harvest technology for organised by Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, NIOMR and facilitated by Chairman and members, House of Representative Committee for Agricultural Colleges and Institutions.

Artisan training and development in demersal fisheries culture, chart plotting and piloting for unemployed youths (Federal Government of Nigeria Assisted)

November, 2021

The fisheries sector in general and aquaculture in particular, now occupies a very prominent position in the economy of Nigeria. This is so because from whatever angle you look at it, be it employment generation, poverty alleviation, food security, foreign exchange earning etc, fisheries and aquaculture play major roles especially for the rural poor. Nigerians are large fish consumers with a total demand of 2.6 million MT and we are producing locally about 970,000 MT. part of the deficit of 1.63 million MT is currently met by imports. Nigeria spends close to $1 billion importing fish into the country. Our goal is to be self sufficient in fish production. The deficit in fish production can be met through local production by engaging our youths and women in aquaculture in a more sustainable manner for better standard of living. The trainees after the programme will be empowered with starter pack to start their own fish farming business.

Fishery and Oceanographic Research Vessel R.V. Bayagbona

Monday November 24, 2014
Navimor International and WISLA Shipyard deliver to Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) the multipurpose/combination research vessel R.V. Bayagbona in 2014. The vessel was built at WISLA Shipyard, under the supervisions of Bureau Veritas. The vessel is specially designed for conducting both fishery and oceanographic research operations in tropical waters. She is equipped with modern echosounding and sampling equipment, as well as with on-board fully equipped research laboratories. The hull is all-welded damage proof, steel structure. It is designed and built according to Bureau Veritas | * HULL.MACH notation. Fish hold structure installed on board operates at a temerature of -24deg C, while the blast freezer is being capable of freezing fish to -40deg C For fisheries and oceanography research both dry and wet laboratories are installed on board.
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