SA and Nam sign fisheries and aquaculture MoU

21 Jan 2019 13:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JAN (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource of Namibia and South Africa’s Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on fisheries and aquaculture.
The cooperation agreement will focus on enhancing the sustainable utilisation of marine resources in fisheries and aquaculture.
Aquaculture, which includes freshwater species, is the farming of aquatic organisms such as fish and crustaceans like crayfish.
The plan also envisages Namibia as a key fisheries and processing hub in the South Atlantic Ocean by increasing the volume of fish handled, canned and otherwise processed in Walvis Bay cumulatively by 40 per cent by 2022.
Both ministries said the Blue Economy is at the core of the agreement.
“The Blue Economy is the foundation on which growth is realised and true cooperation is done,” South Africa’s Minister of Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Senzeni Zokwana said.
A Blue Economy refers to marine-based economic development that leads to improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau, emphasised collaboration on fisheries aspects as well as the importance of cooperation by the two countries “because our people have a shared history of political and economic liberation”.
The agreement also focuses on the research and development, monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities, as well as stock assessments for sustainable fishing.
Under the agreement, a specialised joint working group will be established for the evaluation, management and socio-economic study of shared marine resources.
Namibia and South Africa also collaborate on other fisheries forums such as the Benguela Current Commission and South East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation.