The government of Liberian through NaFAA has committed to ending illegal fishing through the endorsement of international fisheries agreements following the end of two days fisheries workshop held in Monrovia. Port State Control, Safety, and Labour Compliance at Sea were aligned to ending illegal fishing in Liberia.
Speaking on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at the end of the workshop in Monrovia, NaFAA Director General Emma Metieh Glassco said, line ministries and agencies have resolved to strengthen their cooperation to realise the endorsement of both International Labour Organizations (ILO) C188 Work in Fishing Convention and IMO Cape Town Agreement for the Safety of Fishing Vessels by the Government.
Hon. Glassco restated government commitment to the effective implementation of the FAO Port State Measure Agreement through continued work to bring into line legal, institutional, and operational frameworks with the requirements of the Agreement. Madam Glassco mentioned that Liberia has committed to adopting a coordinated approach to the implementation of port controls, including the collaboration of information exchange between all relevant agencies and administrations.
DG Glassco expressed, that the establishment of a dedicated task force, to ensure that ports State Control represents an effective front in combating IUU fishing, whilst contributing to improved safety and health in the fisheries sector and labor conditions on board fishing vessels are important through communication exchange.
NaFAA Boss informed the media that their intention to prevent, discourage and eradicate IUU fishing by adopting appropriate measures and taking action at the national level, in line with the provisions of the PSMA, CTA, and C188, and encourage FCWC Member States to coordinate action to that effect is important. The steps are to ratify and implement the three treaties (PORT STATE CONTROL, SAFETY, AND LABOUR COMPLIANCE AT SEA) to enhance regional cooperation.
Liberia Fisheries Expert expressed gratitude to the facilitators and speakers for the exchange of best practices, experience, and expert advice provided to the Participants with a view to ending illegal fishing in Liberia.
FCWC Secretary-General Seraphin Dedi Nadji thanked the government of Liberia and participates for their contribution and time during the workshop. He expressed hope that the training will help provide security on Liberia’s waters.
The two- days workshop was jointly organized with the Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC) and brought together government Agencies on Fisheries, Maritime, regional and international Partners.