MONROVIA – The government of Liberia, through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, has signed a fisheries research Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Monrovia.
The MOU entails fisheries independent stock assessment using a fisheries research vessel named Dr. Firdtjof Nansen, for the enhancement of small scales fisheries and capacity building.
At the same time, the MOU will support the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management considering the climate and pollution impacts.
Speaking Thursday during the signing ceremony, the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco disclosed that the MOU has huge economic prospects for Liberia.Mrs. Glassco assured that the collaboration between the Liberian Fisheries Authority and theFAO, will enable the Country to have access to current fisheries data from the fish stock assessments which have not been available for several decades.
The Fisheries Boss of Liberia mentioned that with the availability of those fisheries data from the stock assessments, Authorities of NaFAA will use the information gathered to operate fisheries programs that have not been operational.