Somalia Re-Launches its Fisheries and Coastal Project, Calls more Investment into the Sector

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Thursday July 28, 2016 - 17:46:10 in Latest News by Super Admin
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    Somalia Re-Launches its Fisheries and Coastal Project, Calls more Investment into the Sector

    Mogadishu (Horn Observer) Federal government of Somalia recently launched the Somali Coastal and Fisheries Development project in a bid to develop the fisheries sector and the coastal areas at large, following years of chaos in Somalia.

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Mogadishu (Horn Observer) Federal government of Somalia recently launched the Somali Coastal and Fisheries Development project in a bid to develop the fisheries sector and the coastal areas at large, following years of chaos in Somalia.

With the launch of Coastal and Fisheries Development project in Somalia as led by Eng. Abdi Jinow Alasow, there are hopes that both coastal and fisheries sector in Somalia could improve as the project tries to improve the fishing industry, create more jobs and to protect the Somalia’s coastal areas.

The organization was re-established on Presidential decree in 2015 based on the pre-civil law act No 36 of April 1977 as a government body responsible; Reactivate and promote the traditional fishing operations through empowerment and encouragement of fishing communities and cooperatives; Uplift the socioeconomic status of war-devastated and piracy-deprived fishing communities in coastal areas of the country; Improve fishing infrastructure in coastal areas and provide basic services to fishing communities/cooperatives in selected areas of the country; Provide training and extension services to fishing cooperatives and communities at large; Develop and implement area specific development interventions aimed at increasing daily catches and improve livelihoods; Carry out research in fisheries technology, aquaculture and marine resources and disseminate information on the state of the sector and provide statistical data on community based fishing activities, opportunities and challenges;

The Management is legally empowered to enter agreements with private organization on the basis of Public-Private-Partnership. Developing national capacity to catch and process locally marine resources for local consumption, Job creation and economic development of coastal communities. Enhance fisheries control and monitoring system.

The absence of essential infrastructure and the lack of national fishing plan are most two major stumbling blocks of local and international markets.

However, the chief of the project, Eng. Abdi Jinow acknowledged an interview with Horn Observer requested concerned international organizations and government to support the project that in order to improve this sector very quickly.

"We welcome both donors and investors to help improve Somalia’s fishing and coastal areas.” Eng. Jinow said.

Rampant piracy and illegal foreign fishing trawlers engulfed the Somalia’s fishing industry that created a violent environment, that threatened the Baabul Mandab, the global business route that led to the presence of EU led anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia.

Horn Observer



 



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