Esau spells out expectations for industry state organs

11 March 2019 | Fishing

Fisheries and marine resources minister Bernard Esau has called on the Fisheries Observer Agency to employ smart observation mechanisms and ensure cost effective implementation of its obligations to the fishing industry.

Esau said that the performance of the agency should be measured not by the amount of reports submitted but by the number of illegal activities successfully being eradicated.

He also urged Namfi to continuously adapt its training curriculum to current needs in the fishing and maritime industry.

“You must be demand-driven, and make sure that the quality of your training is internationally benchmarked, and based on international best practices.”

The minister said he expected of the Namibia Fish Consumption Promotion Trust (NFCPT) to work towards ensuring it has a footprint of shops and activities in all 14 regions.

“Programmes geared towards encouraging enterprise development in local fish trade and processing should be implemented together with the fishing industry and guarantee attainment of the 21.4 kg fish per person per year target during this financial year.”

Esau also encouraged the Haganeni Artisanal Fishers Association (Hafa) to work on programmes to facilitate artisanal fishers in Henties Bay, and in all parts of the country where there are fishers.

The minister said that he took note of increased activities due to the recent repair of the association’s fishing boat and urged the organisation to do more to ensure artisanal fishers are not left out, but can make a livelihood from fisheries.

Esau also instructed Fishcor to continue working with the industry and assist the country to meet value addition targets and fisheries development, as a special purpose vehicle of government.

“You must also ensure that the government continues to get value for its investment in this company.”

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