Ministerial retreat in full swing

Policy and strategic matters in the spotlight

02 September 2021 | Ministries

Derek Klazen; Minister; “…allowing trawling within the 200m isobath will result in the depletion of the resource.…”

Swakopmund • [email protected]


Stakeholders are attending a ministry of fisheries and marine resources’ (MFMR) three-day retreat on selected policy and strategic matters at the National Marine Information and Research Centre (NatMIRC) in Swakopmund.

The objective is to improve policies towards sustainable resource management and fisheries business operations.

Speaking at the opening, MFMR minister Derek Klazen said that his ministry is a critical player for the country’s economy.

“This ministry is tasked with the responsibility to ensure the broad-based empowerment of Namibians through the granting of fishing rights, exploratory and aqua-culture licences to qualifying Namibians, while keeping in mind that the fisheries resources are finite and may not be enough for everyone.”

The occasion marked Klazen’s hundredth day in office and his reassignment by president Hage Geingob from the ministry of urban and rural development as deputy minister to the ministry of fisheries and marine resources as minister.

“I am acutely aware of how challenging this assignment is and remain optimistic about the impact my team with stakeholders and role-players and myself, can and will bring to this industry.”

One of the key issues to be discussed is the 200m isobath trawling restriction.

“There are those who argue that the migration of fish to a relatively warmer area within the 200m isobath is a fact. In my view the migration of fisheries involves only juvenile fish and therefore, allowing trawling within the 200m isobath will result in the depletion of the resource.”

Klazen said it is imperative to take a decision on these and other issues while balancing the interests of the industry after having an honest and insightful look.

“However, this should not occur at the expense of sustainability nor against the prevailing natural order within the industry.”

The retreat ends on Friday.

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