The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Emma MetiehGlassco has disclosed that Liberia is to shortly conduct its first ever comprehensive independent national fisheries stock assessment.
Independent assessments conducted on the Liberian fish stock up to date have been done at regional level by international partners, usually for a few days and on few species of concern within the region.
An independent national stock assessment will provide a means of obtaining a strong national fisheries independent data set to verify regional stock survey data as well as form a strong basis for fully maximizing the socio-economic potential of fisheries resources.
According to a press release from NaFAA, the first independent stock assessment, which will result to a big economic boost for Liberia, will be implemented as a result of a negotiation with the government of the Republic of Guinea.
DG Glassco said the Government of Guinea has officially agreed to conduct the comprehensive independent national fisheries stock assessment in the Liberian waters.
Making the disclosure over the weekend in Marshall City, lower Margibi County, she said, “There has over the years existed a critical need for an independent national fisheries stock assessment in the Liberian waters so as to gather scientific data over the actual biomass of the fisheries stocks”.
Madam Glassco stated that the Guinean government in a communication to Liberia mentioned “they have carefully analyzed Liberia’s request for technical cooperation and assured that they have the capability to accomplish said request for fish stocks assessment in Liberia”.
She said Guinea National Center for Fisheries Science of Boussoura is now proposing that Liberia develop a possible partnership agreement between the two countries in charge of marine resources.
Guinea is planning to dispatch a delegation to Liberia to hold discussions with NaFAA leadership to schedule for the execution of the project.
Madam Glassco recalled that the last regional fish stock assessment was conducted in 2019, and this will be the first historic national independent stock assessment to be conducted in Liberian waters. She maintained that the pending stock assessment will lead to several opportunities for investment in the country’s fisheries sector.
She noted that the pending research would provide the possibilities for fisheries investment, attract several potential fisheries investors to Liberia and lead to the provision of huge job opportunities for Liberians locally.
“Liberians mainly seafarers who have been trained internationally will be deployed on several European and other international fishing vessels that would apply for investment and at the same time increase fish and fish products across Liberian markets”.
The fisheries research will also create possibilities for other investors to establish and operate processing plants within fishing communities which would also lead to job creation and export of fish products.