The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) says the move will increase competition from foreign industrial vessels which would export their catch overseas. This will mean a drop in the levels of fish being supplied to Liberia and an increase in food prices.
Currently, 65 percent of Liberia’s animal protein comes from the fishing sector and some 80 percent of the population depends on cheap fish for their main source of protein intake according to the World Food Programme. Much of this fish comes from artisanal fleets.
According to the Global Hunger Index, 31.9 percent of Liberia’s population is classified as undernourished, while 16 percent of families are classed as food insecure by the World Food Programme. The World Food Programme also found that 83 percent of the population live on less than $1.25 a day.
Source: News Now/Maritime Time Executive.com