30 Aug 2018 19:20pm
ONGWEDIVA, 30 AUG (NAMPA) Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Brnhardt Esau said the fisheries sector as the third largest income earner, is more transparent and always exercises accountability.
Esau made these remarks whilst speaking at a Fish Talk gathering held on the side-lines of the 2018 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) underway in the Oshana Region on Thursday.
He used the same platform to call on all other economic sectors in Namibia to also open up opportunities for all Namibians and to maximise on resource rent (government revenue) collection.
According to him, the fisheries sector in the 2016/17 financial year contributed a total revenue of N.dollars 600 million to the government.
This money is helping the government to build schools, hospitals and other services for Namibians, Esau explained, adding that the economic benefits of the fisheries sector should flow to all Namibians, since it belongs to all the citizens.
He reiterated that there is simply not enough fish and the total allowable catch is limited to 530 000 metric tons per year, stressing that giving too many fishing rights would make investment in the fishing sector unprofitable.
Perhaps we are too open about fisheries, that is why everyone knows about fishing rights, the Fisheries Minister stated.
He informed the audience that no one is allowed to go fish without a fishing right, and a fishing right is a sovereign decision by the government to allow fishing access to its citizens.
In terms of employment creation, he said the sector has created 16 000 permanent job opportunities in the country and more temporary jobs.
Esau, at the same occasion, donated boxes of fish to women organisations, schools and community-based groups.