13 Sep 2015 17:40pm
OUTAPI, 13 SEP (NAMPA) A gala dinner held by the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) at Outapi on Friday generated more than N.dollars 400 000.
The gala dinner raised N.dollars 419 660, which will be distributed amongst disadvantaged rural schools in the Omusati Region to cater for pressing educational needs.
The Omusati Region hosted the 2015 NFCPT National Fish Consumption Day at the Olufuko Festival Centre at Outapi on Saturday.
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhard Esau told those in attendance at the dinner Namibias has some of the richest fishing resources in the world thanks to the productive eastern ocean boundary upwelling system (the Benguela ecosystem).
We have been victim to exploitation of our fishing resources, and we must ensure that these fish stocks remain to benefit our future generations, Esau said.
He went on to say his ministry will endeavour to ensure the sustainability of the countrys fishing sector through research, administration and strict enforcement of fishing laws.
The Namibian fishing sector has a flourishing story to tell; it remains unsubsidised compared to what is happening globally, the Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister said.
The local fishing sector employs over 15 000 people and is the third largest contributor to the countrys Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Esau said Namibias fishing sector is globally ranked amongst the top 10 for its production and Africas leading production and export value.
He pointed out that the Namibian Government remains committed to the NFCPTs engagement in fish consumption promotion and the celebration of National Fish Consumption Day.
The NFCPT last week also had a road show within the constituencies of the Omusati Region, where community members were informed of the value of fish. They also received fish and were shown how to prepare it.
The last road show was held for the rural community of the Omusati Regions Ruacana Constituency on Friday.
During the gala dinner, the Oshana Region was selected to be the host region of the fifth National Fish Consumption Day next year.