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Namibia’s fisheries workers mobilize against marine mining plans September 11,2019   |  Source: All Africa

Over 1000 people, mostly workers in the fishing industry at Walvis Bay, participated in a mass protest against marine phosphate mining, urging the government not to grant prospective miners an environmental clearance certificate. The workers were mostly represented by the National Union of Namibian Workers (NUNW) and the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (Tucna). The protesters marched from the fishing factories in the harbour town to the Walvis Bay office of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism. A similar march is expected to take place in Windhoek today from the NUNW centre to the Windhoek High Court, where a petition will be handed over to the Office of the Prime Minister. Acting NUNW president Job Muniaro said yesterday that marine phosphate mining was being promoted by a few "whose love for money outweighs the well-being of the majority of Namibians and the Namibian economy."

He accused the prospective mining companies for blackmailing Namibians and its leaders to get an environmental clearance certificate. "Namibians are committed to the ideals of the responsible and sustainable management of renewable resources, and we are standing up to defend our resources because Namibia is all we have," stressed Muniaro. There are about 16 000 workers in the fishing industry, and

Theme(s): Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Others, Landing Centres, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods.

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