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Namibia fisheries spends 79% on operational costs by Denver Kisting April 23,2012   |  Source: The Namibian

The Namibian Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources plans to spend more than 79 per cent of its N$257, 4 million budget on operational expenditure.

It intends to use N$53 million - or 20, 6 per cent - on capital projects.

In order to assess the sustainability of its horse mackerel, seal and pilchard population management, and to send officials to Finland to oversee the completion of a research vessel, close to N$50 million will be spent.

Approximately N$3,4 million will be used to help the ministry's employees improve in finance, administration and "other relevant" areas.

The Fisheries Observer Agency (FOA) and the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) - two watchdog fisheries bodies - will take an N$11,2 million chunk out of their budget, Bernhard Esau, the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, said in the National Assembly yesterday.

FOA and NAMFI fall under the ministry's marine and inland monitoring, control and surveillance (MCS) programme.

"The purpose of this programme is to ensure that fishing and fisheries-related activities within the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and inland water bodies comply with the country's fisheries legislations."

Among others, the MCS programme helped take action "against the foreign intruders


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Theme(s): Fisheries Development and Aquaculture.

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