Sub-Regional Fishing… Salone Hosts 6

 

By Thomas S. Kembay

Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources on Tuesday 24th July, 2018 commenced a four-day 19th and 20th Ordinary Session of the Coordination Committee and Conference of Ministers with six other countries at the Bintumani Hotel in Freetown.

In her address to participants, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. (Mrs.) Emma Kowa Jalloh pledged the commitment of the Government of Sierra Leone under the ‘New Direction’ towards the achievement of the Commission’s objectives which, she said, include harmonizing of policies, adoption of common strategies development of sub-regional cooperation, monitoring, control and surveillance, and developing country’s capability to undertake research in fisheries at sub-regional level.

The conference, the Minister said, was aimed at improving and reforming fisheries’ governance in the sub-region and give recommendations that will reform and guide policies and decisions to sustainably manage the fishing system in the sub-region.

The Minister furthered that the sustainability of the Commission is key in the implementation of the flagship programmes that include, but not limited to, regional research and cooperation in the fight against illegal fishing.

The 19th Ordinary Session of the Coordinating Committee (ESRP), according to the Commission, will install the new Chairman in the person of the Director of Fisheries of Cape Verde, Carlos Evora Riocha.

The Commission stated that after the installation of the new Chairman, the Committee well then review some technical documents related to 2013-2018 activities and finances of the SRFC for 2013-2019 as an addendum to the proposed distribution table of the contribution of each Member State of the SRFC.

The 19th Ordinary Session, the Commission states, will also have the opportunity to review the draft convention or fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance as revised at the 27th Extraordinary Session of the SRFC Coordinating Committee in Banjul, The Gambia on 3rd August, 2016.

The 20th Ordinary Session of the Conference of Ministers, the Commission states, will have the opportunity to assess the recommendations of the Coordination Committee and take decision that will frame the action and orientations of the SRFC for the coming period.