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NaFAA gets full Southeastern counties assurance and support

Jos Garneo Cephas
Local fishermen in Southeastern Liberia
Local fishermen in Southeastern Liberia

SOUTHEEASTERN LIBERIA- The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) is being given the fullest assurance over the collection of revenue within the Sector from counties authorities of Maryland, Sinoe, Grand Kru, Rivercess, and Grand Bassa.

As part of the assurance, Artisanal Fishermen in these counties are expected to begin annual registration of their canoes to obtain   licenses for fishing purpose covering Grand Cape Mount to Cape Palmas as well as issue certificates to cold storage operators.

Speaking during the first phase of NaFAA’s 17 days Southeastern Liberia counties  tour beginning  January 7, to 22, 2019,  the Superintendents or their representatives made commitment to work collaboratively with NaFAA Management in ensuring the success of the fisheries sector within their various counties.

The local government officials also commended the NaFAA management for the level of transformation taking place in the sector.

The security actor including Liberia National Police, Liberia Immigration Service (LIS), Liberia National Drug Enforcement Agency (LNDRA) who form part of the engagement have pledged their support to NaFAA in the full enforcement of the fisheries regulations.

The NaFAA team headed by its Communications Manager, Lewis Konoe held discussions with fishermen and their officials from across all the fishing communities and Managers of the Ports of Maryland and Sinoe Counties in the south east of Liberia.

The two Managers pledged to work closely with NaFAA to ensure the collection of revenue from the fisheries sector,  as the Port Harper Manager, William Wallace and the financial manager of the port Greenville, Emmet Blayee, made commitment to providing  space within their respective ports to impound illegal fishing vessels including canoes.

The NAFAA’s team  is also  expected to  embark  the second phase of their tour of    Rivergee Grand, Grand Gedeh , Nimba, Gbarpolu, Bomi,  Grand  Cape Mount,  Lofa,  Bong and Margibi Counties  to hold discussions with local authorities there on the role and impact of NaFAA in the Liberian Fisheries sector.

Consistent with its responsibilities to raise revenue through fees and others means as enshrined in the Act creating the entity, all those fishing in Liberian waters are required by law to pay their annual fishing license fees; while, Cold Storage operators are required by law to  pay fees and obtain Certificate of Operations. 

 


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