Fisheries End Sensitization Workshop

...measures to prevent illegal fishing top agenda

News Release | December 5, 2013

A three day sensitization workshop on the operational guide of the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission (SRFC) to facilitate the implementation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) 2010 Agreement on Port State Measures to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in Liberia ended Thursday December 5, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Gardnerville.

The workshop organized by the Ministry of Agriculture’s Bureau of National Fisheries in collaboration with the Sub Regional Fisheries Commission and the West African Regional Fisheries Program (WARF) brought together some 35 participants from the West African country of Senegal, members of the Armed Forces of Liberia, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Maritime Authority, the Environmental Protection Agency, legal practitioners as well as owners of fishing vessels and companies to discuss intensively the preparatory manner intended to strengthening and harmonizing practical procedures for conduction measures incumbent to the fisheries policy of Liberia and that of the sub region.

Launching the workshop, the Deputy Minister for Technical Services, Dr. Sizi Subah told the participants, inspection and control of Liberia’s marine space is not just a process handled by the Ministry of Agriculture alone. He named other coordinating ministries and agencies including Justice, Defense, and Maritime Authority are just a few to carry out this monitoring system; while the environmental specialists inspect the coastal environment. Deputy Minister Subah said the workshop is all about exposing fisheries inspectors to professionally collect requisite data in the performance of their duty vessels.

According to William Y. Boeh, Coordinator of the Bureau of National fisheries, the bureau has the sole mandate to monitor, regulate and coordinate all fishing activities carried out on vessels, and the formalities relating to the fishery industry in the country. He stressed that personnel of the bureau should be in the position to inform the public of developments in the industry, citing the bureau is more technical in operation than administrative as people think.

The Fisheries Coordinator named a few West African Countries including Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone and the Gambia that have a comprehensive monitoring and coordinating system.