More transparency in fisheries law

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Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau (from row – second from right) pictured yesterday with newly appointed members of the Marine Resources Advisory Council. 

 By Edgar Brandt

 WINDHOEK – The new Marine Resources Act will incorporate more transparency in the allocation of quotas and ensure that fishing right holders make a tangible contribution to value addition and employment creation in the fisheries sector.

The fisheries ministry is in the process of reviewing the Marine Resources Act of 2000.

“The new act must be flexible. We are still consulting and we need to get to a point where we are coherent. After this second round of consultations we will be going to parliament very soon,” the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernard Esau said yesterday when introducing the newly appointed members of the Marine Resources Advisory Council The members will serve for a period of three years ending in September 2016.

The new members of the Marine Resources Advisory Council are Ulitala Hiveluah, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Anna Erastus the Director of Policy in the fisheries ministry, Miguel Tordesillas of fishing company NovaNam, Hilma Mote of the Labour Resources and Research Institute, Jacob Penda from the Namibia Food and Allied Workers Union, Paulus Kainge the Chief Scientist in the fisheries ministry, Vetambuavi Mungunda representing financial institutions, Jerome Mouton representing the Mid-Water Trawlers Association, Matti Amukwa of the Namibia Fishing Confederation, Pieter Greef of the Small Pelagic Association, Olivia Shuuluka an economist in the fisheries ministry, and Sacky Amoomo as well as Dr Burger Oelofsen as independent members.

 

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