Fisheries inundated with rights applications

10 September 2018 | Ministries

Otis Finck

The minister of fisheries and marine resources, Bernard Esau, says successful fishing rights applicants will know who they are by the end of the year.

“The process of receiving applications for 2018 fishing rights concluded on 31 August. The ministry of fisheries and marine resources (MFMR) received a total of 5 193 applications,” Esau told members of the media during a press conference in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Confederation of Namibian Fishing Association chairman Matti Amukwa expressed satisfaction with the way in which the rights application process is being conducted.

“We are happy and do not have any complaints. Everything is transparent and there are no issues. The huge amount of applications received is welcomed and indicative that Namibians are well informed.”

Amukwa said it was the prerogative of the ministry to set up the panel that will advise the minister on who ultimately receives fishing rights. “We do not know and are not aware who the panelists are.”

A total of 2 766 applications were submitted at the MFMR head office in Windhoek.

The most applications (1 247) were received from the Khomas regional council office

The second most applications (661) were handed in at the Erongo regional council office, followed by Oshana (110), ||Kharas (96), Hardap (49), Otjozondjupa (46), Kavango East (34), Ohangwena (32), Zambezi ( 31), Kunene (28), Omusati (27), Omaheke (25), Kavango West (23) and Oshikoto with 18 applications.

Esau was adamant that there will be no extension of the deadline and said applicants who turned up by 17:00 on the cut-off date were all served on the same day.

“The names of all applicants for 2018 marine fishing rights, broken down by species applied for, will be published in the print media and on the ministry’s website in two weeks’ time.”

He explained that members of the public who already have attestation certificates issued by the receiving officials will then be able to confirm that their applications are well received, and ready for evaluation.

“I wish to state that evaluation of the applications will be as per the criteria gazetted in the Government Notices 92 and 150, hence the checklist is clear and transparent.”

The minister emphasised that every application will be treated fairly, and declarations in the forms will be verified.

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