May 20, 2015 By Jariatu S. Bangura
In a bid to develop aquaculture in Sierra Leone, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources is currently supporting the construction of 12,400m2 fish ponds at four sites in Koinadugu and Kono districts, for the use of mined out pools.
Speaking in Parliament last week, Minister of Fisheries, Captain Momodu Alieu Pat-Sowe, said the ministry had supervised the construction of five ponds in Jimmy Bagbo in the Bo District through the Welt Hunger project, and collaborated with the diversified food production project of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security to identify suitable fishing farm sites in the Bombali and Koinadugu districts.
He said eight fish ponds have been activated by stocking with fingerlings of catfish and tilapia, while training had been conducted for fish farmers who have been provided with improved farmed fish production in the provinces.
Minister Pat-Sowe stated that through support from the New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD), partnership for African fisheries, the ministry had carried out needs assessment and cost-benefit analysis for the development of aquaculture, with the exercise aimed at developing commercial aquaculture in the country.
However, he stated that the final stages of the rehabilitation of fisheries outstations and construction of new fisheries station building by the World Bank was now underway and that the structures would soon be handed over to the ministry.
He maintained that the procurement process for the construction of a fish harbour complex with a huge potential for public private partnership investment had commenced, which would boast of a ‘transshipment quay’ capable of berthing over 14 vessels at a time and a ‘Reefer quay’ at Murray Town.