NOVEMBER 21, 2014 By Josephine A. Seppeh (Intern)
The Ministry of Fisheries and Marie Resources has generated over Le29 billion Leones revenue this year, according to Deputy Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Charles Rogers.
Rogers, who was speaking at the weekly press briefing yesterday at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information and Communications, Youyi Building in Freetown, said fishing remains a major commercial, revenue generation and food production activity, despite the Ebola virus outbreak in the country.
Rogers said that policy measures taken during the past years have ensured that there is an increase in fish supply to local markets while revenue generation has improved significantly.
“Although we have experienced slowdown of revenue generation with some industrial fishing vessels leaving the country, the fisheries sector has seen an accelerated revenue generation trend that reached a revenue boost in the tune of thirty billion in November 2014,’’ he said.
The deputy minister said that fish continues to serve as a key source of animal protein during the current Ebola epidemic, as bush meat has been identified as a potential source of initially transmitting the virus from animals to humans.
He disclosed that they have recruited additional staff to improve existing capacity for efficient service delivery, while the Fisheries and Marine Training Institute has been constructed at Kissy Dockyard to train potential seafarers.
“The Fisheries and Marine Resources has also constructed and rehabilitated five fisheries outstations at Godrich, Tombo, Konakridee, Shenge, and Bonthe with the training of Fisheries observers, Enumerators and Fisheries Officers, Aquaculture Technicians and potential fish farmers in various aspects of Fisheries and Aquaculture, he revealed. “Despite all these achievements, we still have challenges of combating illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the country and the sub-regions, and also they have still not been able to meet their commitments for the payment of membership fees at International levels including International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), Sub- region Fisheries Commission (SRFC), INFOPECH, India Ocean Tunna Commission (IOTC) and to name but a few.”