Liberia: High-Power EU Fisheries, Maritime Delegation Arrives in Monrovia

Fishing families in Robertsport, a town on the Cape Mount peninsula, near the Sierra Leone border. Photograph: Nicole Schafer/Sea Shepherd

A high-power delegation from the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) of the European Commission has arrived in Monrovia as guests of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority and the Liberia Maritime Authority.

The DG MARE is a unit of the European Commission, responsible for the policy area of fisheries, the Law of the Sea and Maritime Affairs of the European Union.

According to a NaFAA press release issued Tuesday November 15, 2022, the DG MARE of the European Commission, NaFAA and LiMA will hold high level discussions on fisheries and maritime issues. The high-level discussions will officially begin Wednesday November 16, 2022 at NaFAA’s Corporate headquarters.

The fisheries and maritime delegation is in Liberia to ascertain progress made by the Liberian government through its fisheries and Maritime authorities on the lifting of the yellow card imposed on fisheries activities since 2016.

The NaFAA press release also states that on Thursday November 17, 2022, the fisheries and maritime delegation will be led on a tour of the Fisheries Monitoring Center at NaFAA’s Pier office near Coast Guard on Bushrod Island.

At the same time, on the same day, the European Commission delegation will also be led on a tour of the Freeport of Monrovia.

Liberia was issued the yellow card in 2016 as a result of a fishing vessel that was placed on the black list but was at the same time fishing in Liberian waters, thus showing its lack of effective regulatory and monitoring control of distance water fishing flagged vessels.