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The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority of Liberia through the Division of  Marine Fisheries and Environment embarks on a Coastal Clean-Up exercise of waterway  facilities at the Mesurado Pier on Bushrod Island, a suburb of Monrovia.

The exercise, which commenced Friday, is intended to protect pier’s marine  environment from effects of beach litters, mainly items used by people and  consciously discarded into the sea, rivers or on various beaches. Speaking to newsmen during the exercise, NaFAA Director of Marine Fisheries and  Environment, Solomon Daryoue says it is a collaborative initiative of various  technical departments of the agency and the Liberian Coast Guard.

Daryoue indicates the exercise is a pilot phase intended to be replicated in  different coastal communities across the country. According to him, it is a product  of a proposal derived by the Division of Marine Fisheries and Environment in  response to a global call for coastal clean-up.

The objective is to enhance the health of aquatic environment by taking into  consideration beach litters management and control marine pollution around the  Mesurado pier.

Director Daryoue stresses that marine litter is one of the most pervasive pollution  problems affecting the marine environment here, and unless effective action is  taken, the global marine litter problem will only continue to worsen in years to  come.

the Commander of the Liberian Coast Guard describes the initiative as a great  collaboration aimed at securing the environment. Lieutenant Charles Blawah notes, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority  has been a long standing partner to the Coast Guard, as such, his institution  remains determined to work along with NaFAA in providing logistics and manpower to  clean the beaches with the goal of improving coordination.

Activities characterizing the coastal clean-up include: installation of effective  and efficient solid waste systems and facilities, placement of garbage containers  around the Mesurado pier, facilitation of waste collection at disposal sites, as  well as provision of equipment for solid waste collection and disposal.

–Editing by Jonathan Browne

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