Fisheries ­37 students graduate

The protection of marine resources is in capable hands.

10 December 2018 | Fishing

Stanley Ndara, CEO of the Fisheries Observers agency - “The FOA expects of graduating students to device innovative ways for carrying out surveillance activities over the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone.”

Thirty-seven Namibia Maritime and Fisheries Institute (Namfi) students graduated last week Friday.

The graduates included fisheries inspectors and observers, Class 6 deck officers, navigation officers and marine engineering officers.

Stanley Ndara, CEO of the Fisheries Observers Agency (FOA), encouraged the graduates to come up with innovative ways to protect the ocean's marine resources.

“The FOA is indeed a visible symbol of Namibian sovereignty and additional vigilance against threats to the conservation of our marine resources such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing (IUU), oil pollution, and other covert activities along our coastline. We also complement the ministry of fisheries and marine resources' monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) programme.”

Ndara challenged the graduates to device innovative ways to carry out surveillance activities over the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone and continue to foster closer cooperation and collaboration with the ministry and other law enforcement agencies.

“This is needed because Namibia's marine resources are not immune to illegal fishing, neither are these resources infinite. It is only through innovation, smart observations, closer collaboration and sharing of resources that we will ensure that MCS in Namibia is strengthened to full capacity maximum and guarantee the long-term sustainability of our resources.”

He further encouraged the graduates to apply the knowledge they acquired to the best of their abilities.

“Life is a continual process of learning, growing, stretching and strengthening your capacity which must be further developed. The certificates of completion obtained by you is like a letter of introduction to the world and a license to seek out opportunities.”

Namfi acting director Tobias Nambala said Namfi is hard at work to formulate a new strategic plan (2019/2020 - 2024/2025).

“The enduring economic uncertainty increases risk for many entities, and Namfi is unfortunately not spared. The new strategic plan should survive tough economic conditions and ensure that Namfi stays relevant. Equally we set ourselves to implement our new business plan and are busy formulating supporting funding models that not only ensure sustainability of Namfi, but also allow for the creation of value for our customers and stakeholders at large.”

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