Liberia to Cut Inshore Exclusion Zone

By MarEx

The Government of Liberia has passed an Executive Order which will see its Inshore Exclusion Zone, reserved for artisanal fishermen, halved from six to three nautical miles.

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.

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Source: News Now/Maritime Time

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.