Aquaculture for all

Report Praises Country Aquaculture

NAMIBIA - The Namibian Government has been praised for prioritising its aquaculture programme, as well as achieving a great deal through the programme within a short space of time.

The Marketing Information and Technical Advisory Services for the Fisheries Industry in Southern Africa (INFOSA) in its publication on Africa's fishing industry noted the Namibian Go-vernment had managed to put in place a legal and institutional framework for the development of aquaculture.

It attributed this to a policy for the development of the sector initiated in 2001, followed some years later by an Aquaculture Act, and eventually the creation of an official Directorate of Aquaculture. A formal licensing system was also subsequently developed.

The publication is published annually to reflect on various aspects of development mainly within Africa's fishing industry.

The latest edition, in which Namibia received accolades for the development of the country's aquaculture sector, contains reports on the performances of the various fishing nations on the continent over the year.

The publication was distributed at a just-ended workshop on international trends in the seafood industry in Swakopmund.

The periodical stated that the Namibian aquaculture sector has clearly demonstrated that it is able to positively contribute to the achievement of several socio-economic goals.

"When undertaken successfully, aquaculture can increase the level of food security and alleviate malnutrition, provide new job opportunities, help workers to gain professional qualifications, contribute to women's empowerment and staunch the flow of migration towards more economically developed areas," noted the report.

According to the publication, the pressure on fishery resources that are destroyed through over-fishing could be relieved by the practice of successful aquaculture initiatives. Aquaculture can also represent an alternative activity to marine fishing, which is currently going through a period of crisis in Namibia.

Source: All Africa

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