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Assistant Agriculture Minister Philomena Williams has strongly warned fishing vessels illegally operating in Liberian territorial waters to desist immediately or risk arrest and prosecution. Minister Williams said the action is necessary to deter others who are into such practices to desist from it.

Speaking last Thursday, July 7, at the close of a two-day National Validation Workshop of the Revised Fisheries, held at a local hotel in Sinkor, Ms. Williams pointed out that half of Liberia’s populations depend on fisheries in support of their livelihood.

The Assistant Minister further noted that the issues of fisheries in Liberia is cardinal and significant because it helps to strengthen economic growth of the country, while stressing that with the act of coordination it will aid the country to move into a positive direction .

She further noted that the Ministry of Agriculture is committed to ensuring that all fisheries is monitored and observed properly. She said there are several opportunities in fishery industry which has attracted some foreign investors.

Minister Williams emphasized that the privileges and rights that are talked about should also gear toward the proper management of resources that come from fisheries should also help improve the sector. Meanwhile, the Assistant Minister further thanked the Liberia Revenue Authority, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Defense and Liberia Maritime Authority for their cooperation leading to the success of the program.

By: Zee Roberts

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