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Liberia partners with S. Korea to reduce illegal fishing here

The Governments of Liberia and South Korea initiate high-level discussions aimed at drastically reducing illegal fishing in Liberian waters.

The talks, which took place last Thursday May 24, 2018 at the Mesurado Pier on Bushrod Island in Monrovia, brought together a nine-member Korean delegation headed by YU Byeonghyun, Director of the Fisheries Monitoring Center at the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries in South Korea and officials of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) here aimed at working out mechanisms to curtail illegal fishing in Liberia.

According to a press release, the exercise will shortly lead to signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the East Sea Fisheries Management Service, Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of South Korea and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), representing the Government of Liberia, on the establishment of an Integrated Fisheries Monitoring system to control illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Liberian waters.

Both institutions are expected to cooperate technically in establishing the Integrated Fisheries Monitoring System to control Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing across Liberian Waters under the Korean official Development Assistance Project, which will be implemented from 2018 to 2022.

The draft MOU, which will go into effect between both countries, will also ensure the establishment of a system within the Fisheries Monitoring Center under the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

Speaking earlier, upon arrival in Liberia, the head of the South Korean delegation YU Byeonghyum pledged his government’s support to ensuring that illegal fishing activities here are drastically reduced.

Byeonghyum says the people of South Korea are under obligation to ensure that Liberian waters are free of illegal fishing activities through a more improved ICT system, and they will make Liberians to reap the maximum benefits from their waters through full implementation of the five years MOU.

“We are here with this MOU aimed at putting an end to illegal fishing on Liberian waters”, he assures.The Coordinator of the West African Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP), Yevewuoz Subah says IUU fishing is a global issue, so there is an urgent need to contain the practice to enable NaFAA yield needed revenue for the country.

Subah recalls that Liberia has over the years experienced huge economic lost from illegal fishing; therefore, the coming of the South Koreans could help reduce illegal activities in the fishery sector.

Meanwhile, the Acting Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Augustine Monoballah commends the South Korean delegation for coming to Liberia to initiate discussions on how they could help reduce illegal fishing activities in Liberian waters.

Monoballah expresses hope that Liberia and South Korean would discuss other pertinent issues aimed at buttressing NaFAA, with the goal of improving other aspects of the fisheries sector. Press Release

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