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Conference for Fish Sector

NAMIBIA - An international conference aimed at reviewing development and progress of Namibia's fish industry is panned for later this year.

The conference is expected to provide a platform on which to review the investment climate, scientific data, financial sustainability and relevant enforcement, says All Africa.

Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr Abraham Iyambo, announced the conference at his recent annual address of the fishing industry. Although the ministry will release more information on the conference in due course, the minister confirmed that his ministry has been conducting studies on the industry that would be used at the conference.

One such study was carried out last year on external factors that affect the industry, while two more studies - the assessment of marketing of aquaculture products and another on freshwater aquaculture cold water storage - are also due.

Since the turn of the new millennium, the Government has embarked on direct promotion of aquaculture as an alternative activity to marine fishing.

His ministry put in place legal and institutional framework for the development of aquaculture - Aquaculture Strategic Plan of 2004.

This provides a huge diversion from traditional modes of operation of such sectors within the African context, where aquaculture tends to be promoted in a random and uncoordinated manner.

The fishing industry remains Namibia's second biggest export earner, with projected earnings for last year estimated at N$4.184 billion.

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