Accra, Ghana-The Government of Liberia, through the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority in collaboration with the Liberia Maritime Authority, and the Government of Ghana, through its Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development, Monday November 7, 2022 signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in combating illegal fishing activities.
The purpose of the MoU is to promote and facilitate cooperation in fisheries inspection and related activities.
The MoU also seeks to ensure effective administration and control over flagged-fishing and fishing related ships of both countries with respect to their national laws and regulations and international conventions to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Through the framework of the MoU, the two countries will cooperate in the areas of harmonized inspectorate regime; joint inspection exercises of fishing and fishing related vessels; and exchange of information on monitoring, control and surveillance.
It follows similar MOU signed on November 2, 2022 between the Republic of Liberia and the Republic of Cote D’Ivoire.
The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco, signed on behalf of the Government of Liberia and the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya East Constituency of Ghana Hon. Mavis Hawa Koomson signed on behalf of her government.
The Senior Deputy Commissioner for Maritime Affairs of the Liberia Maritime Authority, Cllr. Margaret Ansumana and the Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Aquaculture Development and MP for Trobu Constituency, Greater Accra Region of Ghana Hon. Moses Anim, witnessed the program.
In the coming months, the Liberia Maritime Authority and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority will operationalize the MOU for the benefits of both countries.