Nambia’s fisheries minister has said Namibians can still benefit from the fishing industry even if they can’t have access to fishing rights themselves, reports All Africa.
Bernhard Esau was speaking at the opening of a new NAD 4 million ($297,990) cold storage plant run by two Namibian fish quota holders, Camoposatu and Vernier Investments, in Oshakati. The storage facility currently employees 21 people and distributes about 200 metric tons of fish per month, including mainly horse mackerel and also hake.
“Even if you do not have the rights you still benefit from them through roads, clinics and schools as these are built from income generated after fishing rights,” fisheries minister Bernhard Esau said.
Last month Namibia’s justice minister Sacky Shanghala said young people must make use of other opportunities available because fishing rights are “not for everyone”.