Welsh donated fisheries patrol vessel to NaFAA
According to the Emma Metieh Glassco, who is the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA, donating a fisheries patrol vessel is “being cardinal to combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities across Liberia particularly the Southeastern region of Liberia.”
Glassco said “now the people of Liberia have received such a timely gift from the government and people of Wales, we stand the chance to reduce IUU activities to enable the CDC led government raise revenue from the fisheries sector”.
Seh added: “Sustainably managing the fisheries resources of Liberia by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority to achieve economic prosperity for Liberians is challenged by multiplicity of issues, including the theft of our fish resources through many forms of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing by both local and foreign vessels.”
In a NaFAA release, She said “Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing has resulted in significant loss of revenue which would have contributed immensely to wide range of development works across the country.”
David Belgrove, British Ambassador, said “I am delighted to be here today at this commissioning event of the Fisheries Patrol Vessel, generously donated by the Government and people of Wales to the Government and people of Liberia”.
He added, “This donation is made as part of the ‘Wales for Africa’ program, a Welsh Government initiative to support and encourage more people in Wales to make an effective contribution to international development and addressing global disasters and emergencies. It reflects Wales’ sense of duty as an international citizen and the Welsh Government’s legal duties under the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act – a ground breaking piece of legislation which commits Wales to helping deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals”.