Moroccan Research Vessel to Conduct Liberia’s Fish Stock Assessment -As vessel commissioning Set for Friday
MONROVIA: The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed that the commissioning of the Moroccan newly constructed state of the art Scientific Research Vessel will take place this Friday January 26, 2024.
A press release issued yesterday states that the ceremony will take place on Bushrod Island at the Bong Mines Pier near the Freeport of Monrovia.
It can be recalled on January 31, 2023 the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Madam Emma Metieh Glassco and the Moroccan Minister of Agriculture, Maritime Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forest, Mr. Mohammed SADIKI signed an agreement that would allow the Moroccan research vessel to conduct an independent stock assessment on Liberia’s territorial water to ascertain its commercial viability and attract further investments.
The NaFAA Press Release is quoted as saying that the Moroccan Minister SADIKI and his entourage are expected in Liberia Thursday January 25, 2024 for the commissioning ceremony along with other regional Fisheries Cabinet Ministers from Cote D’Ivoire, Guinea Conakry among others. Liberia is also expecting the Secretary General and Presidents of regional fisheries management organizations (RFMOs) to this historic event.
The stock assessment is aimed at gathering data which has long undermined the fisheries sector and shall be useful to develop management plan for governance and also to ascertain its commercial viability.
The stock assessment, when completed, will trigger industrialization of the Liberian fisheries sector, the release signed by Director Communications and Media Services of NaFAA, Lewis E.B Konoe concluded.