27 Nov 2017 19:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 27 NOV (NAMPA) The private sector is requested to avail resources to enable Namibia to utilise fishing opportunities available beyond its jurisdiction.
This refers to an area in the South East Atlantic Ocean managed by the South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation (Seafo).
Namibia, South Africa, South Korea, Japan, Norway, Angola and the European Union make up Seafo.
This organisation deals with management and conservation measures of all living resources in the area based on scientific research.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau made the request for resources on Monday when he opened the 14th annual meeting of Seafo Commission in Swakopmund.
Esau said six entitled members of the organisation are already fishing in the Seafo area, but Namibia cannot yet due to lack of capacity in terms of fishing vessels and other resources.
It is a concern to us, and I have been speaking to the private sector to see if we can utilise the opportunity. It will benefit us to catch more from outside and process it at home to create jobs.
He said currently Namibia catches a total of 500 000 metric tonnes of fish yearly of the total allowable catches.
If this can be increased by fishing in the Seafo area, he said, then it will contribute to economic growth.
The minister also touched on the plan to expand the Seafo Secretariat, which is based in Swakopmund.
He said in order to increase the Secretariat, a bigger office as headquarters need to be build.
We engaged the Swakopmund Municipality on the land availability and we were given the plot next to our offices in Swakopmund. We are now looking at how to finance the project.
During the five-day meeting, the commission will discuss ways to finance the building, such as mobilising resources from elsewhere as the membership fees to Seafo alone will not be sufficient.
About 30 representatives of the commission are attending the meeting which will provide updates on the yearly activities, the projects for 2018 and how to improve administration and research activities.