Liberia Loses US$12M Annually To Illegal Fishing

The Project Coordinator of the West African Regional Fisheries Program (WARFP) in Liberia, Dr. Lawrence I. Braimah,  has disclosed that Liberia loses US$12 million annually to illegal fishing
According to Dr. Braimah, the WARFP project is intended to curtail illegal fishing in Liberian waters and to put in place an effective and efficient management system to strengthen the country’s fishing industry as well as empower Liberian fishermen.
The WARFP Coordinator made the disclosure in an interview with the Liberia News Agency on the sidelines of a validation workshop on Enterprise Development Plan for Fish Landing held at a local hotel in Monrovia.
The Enterprise Development Plan for Fish Landing Cluster Facility located in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, is being funded by the World Bank through the Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF).
 He disclosed that with the cooperation of international partners, Liberia has fined some vessels caught fishing in Liberian waters illegally about US$6.5 million which, he said, has already been paid to the government.
He disclosed that WARFP has set up an effective monitoring system to track any illegal fishing vessel in Liberia, as well as the fish landing cluster facility at Robertsport to encourage investors to add value to fish processing in the country.
Dr. Braimah noted that that when managed properly, the fish landing cluster facility at Robertsport will contribute immensely to Liberia’s economic growth and development because fish from Liberian waters will be processed at the facility before being exported to any part of the World.

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