Fishing right holders encouraged to join associations
22 November 2021 | Fishing
“It is a cause of concern that while most right holders and companies are members of their sector associations, there are still several entities who for reasons only known to themselves, chose not to join their industry association.” Amukwa accused such industry participants of riding on the back of their colleagues, who through their financial contributions cover the cost of associations, while happily benefitting from the work done by their respective associations and the Confederation.
He highlighted that the CNFA has been working with the MFMR and serves as a conduit for information from the industry to the ministry. “The associations take this task seriously, but are hampered by a lack of data on who is a right holder. This information is no longer freely available in a small booklet as was published in 2013, when everybody with interest in the subject could check who is a right holder and how he/she can be contacted. This makes our task very difficult.”
He pointed out that in addition to the business address of right holders, the secretaries of various associations need to know what quota was issued to each right holder. “Running a fishing industry is associated with costs which are recovered from right holders through membership fees. To ensure that the running costs of the association are equally split, requires that they are recovered pro-rata to the right holder’s portion of TAC. This can only be done if each association has a list of right holders showing their allocation.”