Fisheries' Minister lashes out at JVCs

05 Jun 2013 09:30
WALVIS BAY, 05 JUN (NAMPA) - Fisheries and Marine Resources? Minister Bernhard Esau has sternly warned Joint Venture Companies (JVCs) which fight amongst each other that their fishing rights will be cancelled.
Esau explained that the creation of JVCs was aimed at seeing more people benefit, and to ensure unity amongst the companies. But, it has now seemingly become the norm for the companies to fight over the allocated fishing quotas.
The Minister said during an interactive session between the Midwater Trawlers? Association and the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources here on Wednesday that some companies are withholding quotas, changing their shareholding structures and not sharing information regarding day-to-day operations within their JVCs.
?I will not entertain such behaviour, and will cancel your rights. We cannot tolerate people who are selfish,? Esau charged.
He said this is not a good culture, adding that Namibians ?do not come from a culture of selfishness?.
?The culture of not sharing information with the partners is not welcomed, as this creates tension and brings about mistrust. This, therefore, concerns Government,? the Minister charged.
Esau also explained that the setting of a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) and the allocation of quotas is for the economic development of Namibia, with such TACs allocated to rights-holders to contribute to the economy, and not for them to fight amongst each other.
?We want to see the development of the country at the end of the day. We want to see poverty eradicated,? he noted.
His office is thus monitoring and accessing the performances of fishing rights-holders accordingly to avoid allocating quotas to people who are involved in such fights.
He also urged all JVCs to submit detailed reports on their companies? performances for the past six months.