As part of efforts to get semi-industrial and artisanal fishing communities involve with national decision-making process of fisheries administration and governance, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia (NaFAA) on Friday, October 19, held a co-management fishing activities meeting with semi-industrial and artisanal fishers from Montserrado County.
The meeting, which brought together stakeholders from the fishing communities of Montserrado and Bomi Counties, was basically organized by NaFAA in order for the entity to elaborate on plans that will see both artisanal and semi-industrial fishers, along with NaFAA, co-manage fishing activities in the country’s nine coastal counties.
According to a NaFAA release, both the semi-industrial and artisanal fishing communities will help in the monitoring, control and surveillance operation at the community level for the enforcement and compliance of the 2010 New Fisheries Regulation through a system of partnership under the tittle, “Collaborative Management Association (CMA).”
NaFAA director-general, Emma Metieh Glassco, informed fishing stakeholders that the CMA would unfold results that will benefit coastal communities’ dwellers.
Madam Glassco said negotiations are underway to help the residents of the coastal communities overcome some of their pressing challenges.
She said that NaFAA is bringing onboard a Japanese top-class motor manufacturer “Yamaha” to produce motorized boats for semi-industrial and artisanal fishermen to enable them increase their catch and avoid drowning in Liberian waters.
The release added that NaFAA has also promised the provision of standardized fishing nets in exchange for the rubber nets known as mono-filament, which is harmful to the fish and its environment, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture.
Also at the meeting, two security apparatus pledged their collaborative supports to the implementation of CMA policies and the reduction of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing activities along Liberian waters.
The Inspector General of the Liberia National Police (LNP), Patrick Sudue said that the LNP will ensure the implementation of CMA policies, while the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Deputy Chief of Staff, Geraldine George, assured that the National Coast Guard will work with NaFAA to ensure full compliance of all fisheries regulations.
Additionally, Montserrado County, District #16 Representative, Dickson Sebio, promised to champion a legislation in the House to increase tariff on the importation of fish products as soon as the CMA is formed and fully implemented.
Moreover, semi-industrial and artisanal fishers from Montserrado County, which were mostly Fanti (of Ghanian ethnic origin) and Kru Chiefs expressed their willingness to co-manage fishing affairs for the improvement of their fishing communities.