The Bureau of National Fisheries (BNF) was created by Legislation in 1957 under the National Resources Law within the Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) to regulate fishing activities in the Liberian waters. The BNF has three divisions (Marine, Research and Statistics, and Aquaculture) that are closely aided by an administrative section in running its day to day affairs.

Since its creation, the Bureau of National Fisheries has carried out its statutory mandate to ensure that the sector is viable in implementing its responsibilities and revenue generation. Towards this aim, in 2010 the BNF through the MOA finalized the new Fisheries Regulations to ensure that the sector is well managed and regulated. A copy of these regulations can be downloaded in the documents section of this website.

The Bureau of National Fisheries, through the West Africa Regional Fisheries Project (WARFP)-Liberia, is currently undertaking various activities to improve the management and regulation of fisheries in Liberia, in line with the Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The BNF also collaborates with partners such as Food and Agriculture Organization(FAO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and others to ensure that the PRS is achievable.