Human health and environmental quality are undergoing continuous degradation by the increasing amount of wastes being produced. Although some environmental pollution is as a result of natural causes, most are caused by human activities (anthropogenic). Waste generation is closely linked to population, urbanization and affluence. The Coastal zones constitute some of the worldâ€™s most productive areas. The offshore sectors provide valuable marine resources including, (high protein food while the onshore sectors feature amongst the most sought after for areas in terms of residential settlement and trade as well as other business opportunities.TheImpact of Anthropogenic activities on thecoastal waters of Nigeria have resulted in ecological stress, ecological imbalance, leading to subsequent loss of biodiversity. The objective of this paper is to review the pollution caused by anthropogenic wastes in the coastal water areas of Nigeriawith a view to finding a lasting solution to the problems and also using it as a means of generating wealth. Maritime states in Nigeria are: Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Akwa- Ibom and Bayelsa.
Keywords: Anthropogenic wastes, Coastal water areas, Nigeria