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Senegal deal brings more benefits - Emma Glassco

Jos Garneo Cephas
National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA Director - General), Mrs. Emma Glassco
National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA Director - General), Mrs. Emma Glassco

MONROVIA, LIBERIA -The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has provided some cardinal benefits Liberians are expected to receive from the Liberia and Senegal private sector fisheries agreement.

Mrs. Emma Glassco stressed that the Senegalese fisheries deal will make fish and fish products available and cheaper on the local markets.

She saidincrease availabilityoffish on the Liberian market will automatically lead to reduction in the price of fish local thus enable almost everyone the opportunity to have fish in the diet.

Madam Glassco speaking Thursday, January 31, 2019 at the information Ministry regular press briefing to in reaction to critics that the Senegalese fishing deal would  was not in the interest of Liberians  and the country,  stressed that increased in capture fish production will lead to high demand for modern processing facilities, thereby decreasing post-harvest loss and reducing importation of fish. Thus, increasing the per capita fish consumption and protein needs.

The NaFAABoss further disclosed that a total of 177 seamen and 531fish mongers will be employed under the deal, while the revenue generation component of the deal  for the same value species and the same capacity of fishing boat, meaning that the government stands to generate at least more than 160% increment in revenue 16 times higher than the regular fees charged to Liberian artisanal fishermen.

According to Mrs. Glassco, Liberia envisage a little over 50% increment in overall revenue generated from the sector, which will lead to increase in revenue performance.

She said Fish catches from the Artisanal and Semi-industrial canoes shall not exceed 15,000 tons per year and the total allowable catch (TAC) per canoe per year shall not exceed 50 tons.

Mrs. Glassco therefore, dismissed widely spread notion that the Liberia Senegalese private partnership deal is intended to deplete Liberian fish stocks and rob Liberia of fisheries products as in other countries in the sub region.

The NaFAA Director General also disclosed other key plans of the Liberian Senegalese agreement, noting that the deal stand to develop aquaculture research capabilities, increase aquaculture production by threefold from 40 tons to 120 tons, and enhance food security, job opportunities for urban and rural dwellers.

The deal is expected to also improve the functionality of hatchery facilities resulting in the production of quality seeds and moreover the 6 nautical mile exclusive zone is reserved for Artisanal fishing only, so as to avoid conflict between Artisanal and industrial vessels.

As parts of the benefits, is will also lead to the establishment of landing jetties and modern fish processing facilities in fishing communities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that reduce post-harvest loss and increase their income.

TheNaFAA Boss also mentioned that the deal will afford Liberia the opportunity to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Liberian waters, explore possibilities for joint fisheries patrol to monitor Liberian waters, and conduct research and stock assessment to establish the status of the stock and identify new fisheries.

Mrs. Glasscothen observed that they have not been able to explore the octopus, squids, deep sea crab, sea cucumber, and shrimp fisheries because of lack of stock assessment.

 


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