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Liberian official clarifies employment concern of protesting seamen on controversial Chinese fishing vessels by Judoemue Kollie August 03,2020   |  Source: Daily Observer

Following two days of protest by several members of the Liberian Seamen’s Union, the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco, has clarified why the Government of Liberia (GOL) has not licensed the six controversial Chinese fishing vessels to operate in the country’s territorial waters.

The controversial fishing vessels are currently at the Bong Mines fishing pier on the Bushrod Island in Monrovia.

Recently aggrieved members of the Liberian Seamen Union angrily stormed the offices of the NaFAA on Bushrod Island to demand the licensing of the six Chinese Super trawlers in an attempt to provide them job opportunities.

The angry Seamen’s Union members, who denied NaFAA’s staff from entering their offices, alleged that the authorities of NaFAA have decided to deny the six vessels operations on Liberian waters. Licensing them, they said could take them from their current state of joblessness and restore their families’ livelihoods.

However, according to Madam Glassco, the NaFAA cannot provide licenses for the vessels due to some technical reasons that will have to be addressed adequately before their registrations and subsequent licenses to fish in Liberian waters can be issued.

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