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Liberia Regains its Membership Status to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC)

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-Liberia has regained its membership status as Cooperating Non- Contracting Party (CNCP) to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) which enables Liberia’s flagged vessels to operate within its ocean space.
This commission is one of the five Regional Fisheries Management bodies that Liberia is a member so as to promote good governance.
Liberia as a Flag, Coastal and Port State must ensure that it has active status with these regional ocean & fisheries management bodies, to expand operations beyond its national jurisdiction.

Moreover, with an active membership status both flagged fishing vessels and transshipment vessels (refrigerator cargo vessels) will have unhindered access to their ports and sea in order to promote economic trade.
The objective of the organization is to promote cooperation among the Contracting Parties (Members) and Cooperating Non-Contracting Parties of the IOTC with a view to ensuring, through appropriate management, the conservation and optimum utilization of stocks (fish) covered by the organization’s establishing Agreement and encouraging sustainable development of fisheries based on such stocks.
It can be recalled on May 8-20, 2022, Liberia participated in the IOTC 19th session of the Compliance Committee meetings and the 26th session of the Commission’s Annual meeting as part of the Commission’s rules and Regulations for membership status.

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Liberia Signs Partnership Agreement With Senegal To Conduct Stock Assessment

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 The Liberian government through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has signed a partnership agreement with the government of Senegal through its Research Institute, “Senegalese Institute of Agriculture Research and the Oceanographic Research Center of Dakar Thiaroye (ISRA/CRODT)”.

The purpose of conducting a comprehensive stock assessment in Liberia’s territorial waters is to ascertain the commercial viability of the fishing sector, mapped out fishing ground/ hot biodiversity zone within its ocean space as well as to identify the quantity and commercial value per individual fish specifies.

This research activity which is sponsored by the World Bank is to be conducted biannually over a period of five years so as to sustainably use and manage Liberia’s ocean resources in keeping with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14 (UN SDG 14).

The scientific information gather from this research will help inform management’s decision on reopening a viable commercial fishing sector towards economic growth for the country and thus attracting further investment from the private sector both national and international.
Some opportunities for investment will include, establishment of fish canneries, fish mill processors, processing and canning of seafood products, huge exportation of unique species, surplus fresh fish availability on the local market among others.

 

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Public Service Announcement

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The Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority is pleased to announce to the public that His Excellency President George Manneh Weah will in July 2022 officially launch the free distribution of Lifejackets to fishermen.
It can be recalled in March 2022 President George Weah brought into Liberia through NaFAA two 40 foot containers of Lifejackets for free distribution to Fishermen across Liberia.

The Management of NaFAA announces that the donation of the lifejackets to the fisheries sector clearly demonstrates president Weah’s care and concern about the safety of fishermen across Liberia.

Said distribution according to NaFAA’s Management will be done through the established Fishery Cooperatives in the coastal counties.

Signed
Lewis E.B Konoe
Director
Communications and Media Services
National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority
NaFAA
Monrovia-Liberia
0770039589/0888631529
Whatsapp # 0770039589

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US Based Shellfish Restaurant Proprietor Donates to Liberian Oyster Fisherfolks …Keen on Transforming Sector

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Perry Raso, proprietor of Matunuck Oyster Bar, a leading seafood center based in the United States of America, has donated several pieces of fishing gears to a group of Liberian fishers, who primarily venture into the harvesting of oyster without the needed fishing gears.

The group of fisherfolks located in Monrovia’s Slipway Community, harvests oysters from the Du River, a body of water misused by residents for dumping of wastes including excreta.  

The items donated are boots, gloves and t-shirts.

The presentation was made on behalf of Perry Raso by National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Deputy Director General for Technical Services, William Y. Boeh. Presenting the items, Mr. Boeh said the donation was the first of three interventions in oyster fish farming. Boeh said the gift is the outcome of a visit made to Liberia by Perry and his colleague.

“On behalf of my boss, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco, I want to take this time to present this donation from Perry and his team in the United States of America through Senator Darius Dillon office. Last year, Perry and Terrance conducted interviews here and at the end they report on three interventions they want to make. The first and the short-term intervention is to present these things to you”.

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Donors Commit To Fisheries Sector Development

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International Fisheries Donors, including the European Union, China and World Bank have reaffirmed their commitments to further assist in the development of the Liberian Fisheries sector through technical and financial support.
Speaking Thursday June 2, 2022 during a technical meeting that brought together Donors within the Liberian Fisheries sector at NaFAA’s corporate headquarters, Chinese Ambassador Ren Yisheng affirmed China’s commitment to providing what he termed as “technical support in the development of agriculture in Liberia”.
The Chinese Ambassador mentioned that China remains committed to “cooperating with Liberia in the development of the Aquaculture sector as he described agriculture as a sustainable development”.
Ambassador Yisheng further disclosed that a Chinese entity is closely considering investing in the production of fiber glass vessels in Liberia, “as this was one of the concerns raised by Director General Glassco during a recent meeting at my Embassy in Liberia”.
Ambassador Yisheng disclosed that he was highly impressed of being in the gathering of donor partners to Liberia’s fisheries sector as such meeting enable Liberians through their government to be informed about the donors support to the sector.
For his part a proxy for the European Union Delegation to Liberia, Ambassador Laurent Delahousse, revealed that they have encouraged EU member’s states to increase support to Liberia.
Mr. Theo kaspers , head of Cooperation stated that they are working along with NaFAA’s priority areas in developing the Liberian fisheries sector.
At the same time, speaking on behalf of FAO Country Representative Madam Mariztou Njie, Madam Mehna Ajmal said FAO was pleased with the existing coordination it has with the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, NaFAA.
Madam, Ajmal recounted that FAO has over the years worked with the Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority in strengthening the fisheries sector through several instruments including and not limited to, the Port State Measurement Agreement (PSMA), which includes Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing. She also mentioned FAO’s role in the development of the Agriculture sector.
Also speaking, on behave of the World Bank’s Country Manager Mr. Khiwina Nthara, Fisseha Tessema disclosed that the Bank has a fisheries project of US$40 Million with what he termed as a possibility of additional US$20 Million from another partner.
Meanwhile, the acting Director General of NaFAA, Hon. Augustine M. Manoballah said the Donors coordination meeting was essential as it was intended to provide updates on the various fisheries projects being financed by the EU, World Bank, China among others.
Hon. Manoballah recounted that the support from the various donors have contributed immensely toward the development taking place in the Liberian fisheries sector.

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Use Your Negotiation Skills to positively impact Liberia

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A five day international training workshop on fisheries access agreement has successfully ended in Monrovia with the Deputy Director General for Administration stating that technical competence is cardinal to the economy growth of Liberia.

Speaking Friday May 27, 2022 at the close of the weeklong training workshop which took place at a local hotel, Hon. Augustine M. Manoballah mentioned that there is a need for qualified technicians to take the lead in negotiating key access agreements as such would yield positive outcome for the country.

Hon. Manoballah urged that the “skills gathered from the workshop should be used to impact Liberia when the need arises particularly during technical access negotiations as such it will set a new beginning for Liberia”.

Speaking further Hon. Manoballah noted that participants at the training workshop gathered pertinent skills that would be use during negotiations within their various professional fields of work.

Meanwhile, participants at the training workshop commended the organizers and facilitators for what they termed as “an eye opener training workshop intended to broadening their negotiation skills.

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NaFAA Boss Describes Local Media as Strategic Partner to Fisheries Sector

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The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), Madam Emma Metieh Glassco has described the local media as a strategic partner to the accelerated growth the fisheries sector is experiencing under the Weah-led government.

Madam Glassco extolled the efforts of the media in persistently elevating developments relating to the fisheries sector, but stressed the need for more capacity building to sharpen the skills of journalists so that they can adequately inform the public.

The Director General was speaking Monday May 23, 2023 at the start of a five-day training workshop on Fisheries Access Agreement in Monrovia. Three Liberian lead talk show hosts are participating in the training.

The fisheries boss is hopeful of more of such capacity building that would see the participation of several Liberian journalists to expand their understanding in fisheries and the workings of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority.

“We have invited members of the independent media to participate in this training program, as we see the media as a strategic partner. Strengthening their technical knowledge on this emerging economic sector will definitely help them in their reporting and presentations.”

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World Bank Impressed over Progress in Liberia’s Fisheries Sector, …Approves Additional Funding to NaFAA

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A World Bank delegation on an assessment visit to Liberia has told the local media that the Liberian government has demonstrated a strong will in managing funding meant to improve the fisheries sector thus impressing the board of the bank to source additional resources for the sector.
Sanjay Srivastava, the World Bank Practice Manager on Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy for West and Central Africa, said the additional support in the tone of 20 million United States dollars was approved following commitment and assessment of a demonstrated will by the government through NaFAA to effectively manage fisheries.
“The additional 20 million was prompted by the promise assured by the government of Liberia that they can really grow the fisheries sector economy very well and so far they have shown leadership and motivation to really use the money effectively and they have laid out clearly a good agenda both on the investment side and the livelihood side as well as on the reforms side in terms of the changes they want to bring”.
Mr. Srivastava was speaking Monday May 16, 2022 at the technical office of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) when the World Bank team had gone there on a technical assessment.
Srivastava said he was pleased with the level of work the fisheries body was doing under the director generalship of Madam Emma Metieh Glassco, saying Liberia is one of those countries with a strong fisheries program.
“Liberia is one of the countries in Western-Central Africa we have a strong program and we are very delighted. This is my first visit to Liberia and I’m very excited to be here and very pleased to meet and work with Madam DG and her team, who are doing a very exciting job”.
According to him, the fisheries sector is being viewed as an important venture for enormous progress, and as such the World Bank’s interest is to see it elevated for the purpose of creating huge revenue potential for the Liberian government and not only for job creation.
“We see this project to help not only to create more jobs for the local communities and to grow the local economy, but also to grow more revenue potential for the government of Liberia”.
The 20 million announced is in addition to 40 million dollars earlier approved by the World Bank for a NaFAA project named and styled ‘Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project’. The objective of the Liberia Sustainable Management Fisheries project is to adequately manage and sustain the resources of the sector; strengthen the institutional capacity of National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA); while strengthening the economy of the country by leveraging the proceeds from the sector to promote fiscal and macroeconomic stability.
With 60 million dollars, Srivastava is hopeful of a more vibrant fisheries sector, while describing it as a huge investment.
Earlier, World Bank Liberia country manager, Khwima Nthara said the presence of the bank was to assess potential for expansion of ongoing activities at NaFAA.
NaFAA Director General, Madam Emma Metieh, led the delegation on a tour of sites identified for construction of both industrial and artisanal fisheries at the Mesurado Pier on the Bushrod Island, where NaFAA’s technical office is situated. Portion of the funding, according to the fisheries boss, will go towards the construction of landing sites for local or artisanal fishing folks, while a large portion will be used to construct an industrial fishing port at the Mesurado Pier near Coast Guard base, Bushrod Island. A few departments including the Fisheries Monitoring Center under the Monitoring Control and Surveillance department, were toured. They later went on another guided tour to Clay in Bomi County, a community playing host to a hatchery.
Portion of the World Bank funding will be directed towards rehabilitation of the hatchery.
A hatchery is an installation or building in which the hatching of fish or poultry eggs is artificially controlled for commercial purposes. Before moving to the hatchery, the team visited the corporate headquarters of the fisheries management body at the Freeport of Monrovia.
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DG Glassco Holds Technical Meeting with Chinese Ambassador Ren Yisheng

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On Monday, May 9, 2012 the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), Honorable Emma Metieh Glassco held a bilateral meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Liberia, His Excellency Ren Yisheng, at the Chinese Embassy in Congo Town. The meeting brought together, the Chinese Economic and Commercial Counselor, Mr. Li Jiang and other Embassy staff, while Madam Glassco was accompanied by Mr. Alexander Dunbar, Director of Policy Planning and Investment, Mr. Zizi A. Kaddeh, Director for Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries, Mr. Siekula T. Vannie, Chief of Staff to the Director General among others.
During the meeting Madam Emma Metieh Glassco disclosed that her visit to the Embassy was to foster a stronger relationship between the Chinese Embassy near Monrovia and the Liberian Fisheries Sector. She encouraged the Chinese to look towards the fisheries sector while undertaking development programs in Liberia. She commended them for all the support they have provided NaFAA, especially providing training opportunities for the staff, both at the Master Degree level and the short termed technical training. She further stated that currently, NaFAA is seeking investment in the small-scale fisheries especially in attracting semi-industrial vessels to boost local production to curb the fish demand deficit. She emphasized that Liberia will only be opened to industrial fishing vessels after the completion of a comprehensive stock assessment, which is accepted to commence in the June of this year.
Commenting further on improving fisheries development in Liberia, she informed the Chinese of the current World Bank project which supports the establishment of a Fisheries Program at the University of Liberia. She asked the Chinese to assist in providing technical support to the UL program, especially the Aquaculture program, by providing experts or professors as well as other professionals for knowledge sharing and capacity development. She proposed a training of trainer’s program, which will provide more opportunities to develop local talents in aquaculture development. She said there is a need for assistance to bridge the skill gaps in the Aquaculture sector.
Concluding, Madam Glassco informed the Chinese diplomat of NaFAA’s decision to adapt climate smart approaches in the fisheries sector, by transitioning from dugout wooden canoes to Fiberglass boats. She encouraged the Chinese, who are one of the leading manufacturers of Fiberglass boats, to take advantage of the investment opportunities to start the local production of Fiberglass boats in Liberia. She said it is a great business opportunity in the sector and will also provide job opportunities for the Liberian people.
In response, Ambassador Ren expressed his delight of Madam Glassco’s visit and her interest in partnering with the Chinese Embassy to strengthen the Liberia Fisheries Sector. Ambassador Ren said he is impressed that NaFAA had taken full advantage of the training opportunities that was offered its Staff in China. However, he mentioned that due to the current COVID Pandemic, scholarships and training are now online and the Chinese Economic and Commercial Consulate provides hundreds of online programs for Liberians. He encouraged NaFAA management to take advantage of the opportunities and apply for the online training.
In response to the request for technical support to the UL program, Ambassador Ren stated that he was very impressed with DG Glassco’s Training of Trainers concept and he believes that this will be the best approach and required supporting.
He further stated that the Chinese Embassy attaches great importance to NaFAA and is willing to partner with the entity for the development of the Sector. He said that China is heavily involved in aquaculture and is willing to support NaFAA to improve aquaculture development especially in bringing experts for training and provide other opportunities in introducing different aquaculture techniques for the sector, such as improving fish pond construction, cage fish farming among others.
In closing Madam Glassco and the Ambassador Ren, agreed to develop a bilateral relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding that will outline that scope of technical support to NaFAA’s program and the fisheries sector.
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NaFAA Takes Free YAMAHA Engines, Fishing Nets Distribution to Southeastern Liberia

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The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed the free distribution of Japanese Yamaha outboard engines and thread nets to fishermen in Southeastern Liberia through their respective Fisheries Cooperatives.

The four counties to benefit from the distribution of the fishing gears are Maryland, Grand Kru, Sinoe and River Cess.

The exercise in the southeast follows the climax of distribution in other coastal counties including Montserrado, Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Margibi.

The engines were donated to the Liberian government through NaFAA by the Japanese government, while the nets are as a result of a grant from the World Bank.

NaFAA’s Deputy Director General for Technical Services, Mr. William Y. Boeh will lead a team for the exercise which kicks off next week in Harper City, Maryland County. The consignment is currently being taken to the Southeast.

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PRESS RELEASE, April 18, 2022 NaFAA Boss Seeks FAO Technical Support

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Malabo, Equatorial Guinea-The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) is calling on the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to assist Liberia by providing technical support to conduct a research on Sea cucumbers in order to establish the status of the fisheries, the types of species, the commercial viability, quantity, geographical distribution and environmental impact.
Speaking over the weekend on the margins of the 32nd Regional FAO Meeting for Africa, held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco indicated that the research would help in developing a management plan for the harvesting of the sea cucumber in what she termed as “a more sustainable manner”.
Hon. Glassco explained that Sea cucumbers are highly valuable aquatic resource especially on Asian markets and at the same time highlighted the need for the FAO to assist Liberia by providing technical support to conduct a research.
Madam Glassco also spoke on the Fish and Rice integrated farming, emphasizing the need for the FAO to increase the ongoing technical assistance in integrated fish and rice farming which is currently being implemented in Bong County as a pilot project to have it expanded to other land lock counties.
In another development, Madam Glassco has informed the FAO Director General that in addressing food security, agro-food and agro business will require the empowerment of the youthful population who she said are the future of Africa. The Liberian Fisheries Boss said the youth remains the most valuable resources of the Continent.
Madam Glassco indicated that “there is a need to build the capacity of the youth in Agro Business, modern farming technique, new innovations and agro-food production”. “this is paramount to addressing food security on the continent”, she emphasized. “Any investment in developing the capacity of the young people is a sustainable approach for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life for all, leaving no one behind”, the Liberian Fisheries Expert added.
Responding, the FAO Director General, Dr. Qu Dongyu, commended Madam Glassco for the attending the 32nd FAO Regional Meeting for Africa and at the same time, lauded her for her work in the Fisheries sector in Liberia.
Dr. Qu Dongyu reassured madam Glassco of FAO’s commitment to increase its support to Liberia. The FAO Director General stated that FAO will engage the Japanese Government to help in securing funding for a Research project on Liberia Sea Cucumber program.
Addressing integrated Rice and Fish Farming, he indicated that FAO will provide more support to the program in order to expand it across the Liberia.
 
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Introduction of Fisheries Science Degree Program A Relief

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The Deputy Director General for Administration at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture (NaFAA) says the CDC led-government would be providing students a glorious opportunity to study Fisheries Science in Liberia upon the introduction of the program at the state run University of Liberia.

Hon. Augustine Musa Manoballah stated with the introduction of the Fisheries Science degree program students will spend less financially and gain accurate knowledge in fisheries science courses and at the same time help impact the sector.

The NaFAA’s Deputy Director General for Administration said “the introduction of the fisheries science degree program is a relief for students who are not financially potent to travel internationally to gain such degree.

Hon. Manoballah further stated that the days of Liberian students seek financial support to acquire degrees in fisheries sciences internationally are over as their government with assistance from the world Bank would create the conducive environment for them to obtain such degree.

Speaking Thursday during the Ministry of Information regular press briefing, Hon Manoballah noted that “now is the time that those students who have had intention to work and impact the fisheries sector acquire degree locally in fisheries science.

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More Safety Programs for Fishermen at Sea

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Monrovia- To ensure additional safety of Liberian fisherfolks at sea, the Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has announced that it will shortly begin installing a monitoring device known as the Automatic Identification System (IAS Class B)) on every canoe fishing in Liberian waters for the purpose of effective tracking in time of emergency.

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated, autonomous tracking system which is extensively used in the maritime world for the exchange of navigational information between AIS-equipped terminals. It is capable of sending information such as identification, position, course, speed and more, to other ships and to shore.

Making the disclosure on Monday March 21, 2022 while serving as guest on ELBC’s Super Morning Show, Director-General Emma Metieh Glassco said the fisheries authority was concerned about human casualty at sea.

Madam Glassco expressed optimism that the equipment will reduce casualty at sea.

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President Weah Fulfills Promise to Fishermen, Donates two 40-feets containers Lifejackets to Ensure Safety at Sea

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President George Manneh Weah has fulfilled a promise to fishermen across coastal communities of Liberia by donating life-jackets to ensure their safety at sea. 

It can be recalled in October 2021 at the official launch of Japanese donated YAMAHA engines to the Liberian government through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) in the port city of Buchanan, President Weah, responding to request by fisherfolks gracing the event, promised to provide life-jackets. 

“The donation of the lifej-ackets is in fulfilment of the president’s promise to the fishermen”, Mr. Augustine M. Manoballah, Deputy Director General for Administration at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture (NaFAA) informed the local media on Friday March 11, 2022 when the jackets were being offloaded from two 40-foot containers at the fisheries authority’s technical office at the Mesurado Pier. 

“And so, when the outboard machines were being launched in Buchanan, the fisherfolks also raised this concern with His Excellency, that we appreciate the engines, but we also plead with you that we need to be safe when we go fishing. And the president has answered the call of his people”.

Deputy Director General Monoballah said the fishermen had repeatedly spoken on the need for them to be issued life jackets to ensure their safety while at sea.   

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NaFAA Makes History Signs Fisheries Science Degree MoU With UL

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The Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Administration of the University of Liberia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a degree program in Fisheries Science to be offered at the state-run university.
With funding of US$1.2 million from the World Bank, the program intends to build the capacity of aspiring fishery scientists to manage Liberia’s rich fisheries sector.
The signing took place on Thursday March 10, 2022 at the University of Liberia’s Fendall campus.
As part of the MoU, the university is to identify five of its dilapidated buildings for rehabilitation for use by the program and land space for the construction of bathrooms via the Vice President for Administration.
“Via the Vice President for Administration, the UL is responsible for awareness and sensitization on the new career and course as well as to create motivation scheme to the general public to interest in acquiring this new skill through the degree granting program”, the MoU says.
Under the MoU, NaFAA shall provide funding for the establishment of the program and renovate five buildings.
“The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) under the MoU shall provide funding for the establishment of the fisheries program; renovate five buildings and construct bathrooms; provide funding for training for faculty members for the fisheries program; and set up laboratory and provide all the apparatus and equipment”, the MoU is quoted as saying.
Madam Emma Metieh Glassco signed on behalf of NaFAA, while Dr. Julius Sawolo Nelson signed for the university.
Speaking at the ceremony, Madam Glassco described the introduction of the Fisheries Science program at the University of Liberia “as a boost to the sector and win for the Liberia”.
Madam Glassco said the introduction of the program will “help breach the knowledge gap in the fisheries sector by investing in human resource capacity development which could help maximize the potential in the sector and Liberians would have a fair appreciation of the commercially viable species”.
According to her, the program will include ‘Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree and certificates’.
“This program will also offer a short-term certificate program. We’re also targeting our fisherfolks to acquire knowledge and skills in fish processing to compete with others in the sub-region. It will have impact on the impact on the economy”.
Earlier, Dr. Nelson lavished praises on Director General Glassco and her team for their innovation in introducing the program in the Liberian education sector. Dr. Dennis described the signing as a celebration at the university, while promising to create awareness to attract more people in Fisheries Science.
“Today is a day for celebration at the University of Liberia. After several interactions, consultations and discussions, we’re here to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Liberia and the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority”
“We’ll intention to recruit for this program and therefore we’re encouraging schools to help create awareness to have more students on board”.
“We are proud to have one of our own, an alumnus - working hard to uplift her alma mater”, Dr. Nelson said.
The introduction of Fisheries Science Degree in the Liberian school system has been a long running dream of the NaFAA boss.
At a school career day program in 2021 West Point, Madam Glassco unveiled her plan for degree program in Fisheries Science to be offered in Liberia. This was in recognition of the challenges Liberian students go through acquiring degree in Fisheries Science abroad. It’s estimated that the fisheries sector stands to be the highest source of government revenue if it’s well managed. This is not possible in the absence of trained professionals.
The degree program once it gets in motion, would address the education needs of aspiring fishery scientists.
Fish is a primary source of protein for many Liberians and is second only to rice as the most purchased food commodity. Small-scale fishers provide the majority of the domestic fish supply. While models differ on their predictions about the impacts of climate change on West Africa’s coastal fisheries, a recent study found that climate change may increase their productivity, but benefits for local fishing communities will only be realized if threats such as poor governance and overfishing by other nations are effectively addressed Fisheries Management: The government’s capacity to manage and regulate fisheries collapsed during the civil war, leading to widespread illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in Liberian waters.
Annual per capita fish consumption is among the lowest in the region and has decreased over time due to damage to fisheries infrastructure during the civil war, over-exploitation of resources this period. Since the end of the civil war, the then Liberian Bureau of National Fisheries has continued to grapple with issues of low enforcement capacity, inadequate infrastructure, and lack of resources to properly survey fisheries. A recent analysis estimates that IUU catches in Liberia are worth about $75 million per year. This study also found small-scale catches are “grossly under-estimated” and that exploitable fish biomass “could generate a sustainable catch sufficient to meet Liberians’ need for animal protein.
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Consulting Services to prepared Detailed Architectural Designs and Supervised the Works for the Rehabilitation and Construction of Klay Hatchery

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST
(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)

Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100

PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services
to prepared Detailed Architectural Designs and Supervised the Works for the
Rehabilitation and Construction of Klay Hatchery

Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-255514-CS-CQS

Assignment Title: Consulting Services to prepared Detailed Architectural Designs and
Supervised the Works for the Rehabilitation and Construction of Klay Hatchery

The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture authority (NaFAA)
has received support from the World Bank Group toward the preparation and implementation of
the, “Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)”. The project development
objective (PDO) is to improve the management and utilization of selected fisheries. The objective
of this terms of reference is to recruit a firm who will prepare detailed architectural designs and
supervised the works for the rehabilitation and construction of Klay Hatchery.

The objectives of the assignment

The purpose of this piece of work is for a firm to prepare and provide technical input particularly
in civil engineering plan, design, survey, as well estimating and costing of the rehabilitation and
construction of the Klay hatchery. The selected firm will also be charged with the responsibility
of (Phase II) “supervision of works” for the rehabilitation of Klay Hatchery. The specific objective
of this aspect of the consulting services is to assist the NaFAA/PIU to implement the Project as
follows:

To ensure high standards of quality assurance in the execution of works and to actively
facilitate completion of the works within the stipulated time limit;

To provide comprehensive supervision of project implementation activities carried out by
the contractor and ensure complete compliance with the drawings, technical specifications and
various stipulations contained in the contract documents; and

To undertake comprehensive and independent measurement of activities and calculation
of quantities and administer detailed record-keeping for the estimation of interim payments and
calculation of final ad-measured quantity for final payment.

 

The short-listed candidate is expected to have the following qualifications:
Qualifications and Experience:

The Consultant is required to have the following minimum qualifications and experience:

(i) extensive and proven experience in civil engineering field for last five years. (ii) The Firm must
show evidence of at least 5 years’ experience, knowledge and familiarity with project planning,
design, survey and construction of aquaculture civil works. (iii) Experience, knowledge in
structural/ work in the field level will be an added advantage.

In order to complete the assignment, the firm will assemble a multi-disciplinary team of
technicians: Structural engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineer and Cad Operator with
substantial practical experience (no less than 10 years) and adequate educational backgrounds
(bachelor’s degree and higher) who will ensure the services are carried out in a professional and
timely manner.

The team will include, but may not be limited to:

Description of Input (list only core
responsibilities)
Position and experience
Lead and manage inputs of consultant team;
responsible for overall product delivery and for
timely and quality execution of services; primary
contact point for contract execution

Team Leader (Key Position) *- The Person
should be a highly-experienced engineer, with a
minimum of Master’s Degree in Civil/Structural
Engineering or equivalent, having overall
experience of at least 10 years. He/she should
have worked as Senior or Chief Resident
Engineer or as 'Engineer' or 'Engineer's
Representative' for at least eight (8) years on
supervision of rehabilitation/construction
projects. Experience supervision/construction of
aquaculture works will be an added advantage.

Mechanical Engineer: Bachelor’s degree in
mechanical engineering or equivalent, at least 10
years’ experience

Electrical Engineer. Bachelor’s degree in
electronic or electrical engineering or equivalent,
at least 10 years’ experience

Resident Engineer: The Individual should be an
experienced Engineer, with a minimum of
Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or
equivalent, having overall experience of at least
10 years. He should have worked as Senior
Resident Engineer or as 'Engineer' or 'Engineer's
Representative' for at least eight (8) years on
supervision of rehabilitation/construction.

Cad Operator. Bachelor’s degree in relevant
field of engineering to include computer aided
draughting and design. At least 8 years’
experience

 

(*) Key Positions that will be included in the technical proposal evaluation (based on the detailed
CVs of the proposed respective team members).

The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following websites:

a)
www.nafaa.gov.lr
b)
www.emansion.gov.lr
c)
www.moa.gov.lr.
The attention of interested individual Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16,
and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” dated July 2016,
revised November 2017, August 2018 and November 2020, setting forth the World Bank’s policy
on conflict of interest. Please refer to paragraph 3.17 of the Procurement Regulations on conflict
of interest related to this assignment which is available on the Bank’s website at

http://projectsbeta.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/products-and-
services/brief/procurement-newframework
.
A Consulting Firm will be selected in accordance with the Consultant Qualification Selection
(CQS) method set out in the Procurement Regulations.

Further information can be obtained at the address below during office hours, i.e., 0900 to 1600
hours GMT.

Expressions of interest must be delivered in a written form to the address below (in person, or by
mail, or by fax, or by e-mail) by Monday February 7, 2022 @ 4:00PM GMT

Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)

Attn: The Project Coordinator

Mesurado Pier, Freeport of Monrovia

Monrovia, Liberia

Tel: +2310886532901/0770538462

E-mail:
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Terms of Reference
1.0 Introduction

The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA)
has received support from the World Bank Group toward the preparation and implementation of
the, “Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)”, and desires to apply part
of the proceeds towards eligible payment of the services for a consulting firm to prepared detailed
Architectural designs and supervision of works for the Klay fish hatchery, Klay, Bomi County.
The purpose of this terms of reference is to solicit the interest of qualified consulting firm to
prepare detailed Architectural Designs and supervised the works for the rehabilitation of Klay
Hatchery.

2.0 Background

The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA)
has secured funding from the World Bank Group to help develop the Liberia fisheries and
aquaculture sector. The project has identified five (5) components namely: Component 1:
Improving management and governance of fisheries; Component 2: Improving handling of fish
and fish products; Component 3: Support to Aquaculture; Component 4: Project Management
and Component 5: Contingent Emergency Response Component (CERC). Component 3 focuses
on supporting aquaculture through the development of a policy and regulatory framework and a
zoning map to help identify prone aquaculture areas. It also focuses on establishment of a full-
scale aquaculture technology research and development and a Quality Assurance Center (QAC)
in Klay, Bomi County. This component is to raise awareness about aquaculture and develop a
private sector aquaculture on the basis of public- private partnership (PPP).

Against this backdrop, through the Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)
is soliciting the expertise of a reputable and qualified engineering firm or consultant to facilitate
the reconstruction of the Klay Fish Hatchery, that would serve as the Centre of excellence for the
following purpose:

Produce annually at least 10 million good quality fingerlings of tilapia (70%), catfish
(20%) and Heterotis (10%) for smallholder and commercial fish farmers. This projected
amount of fingerlings need is based on the current hectare (115) cover by fish ponds and
tanks. This amount is expected to increase by 5 percent per annum based on the projection
of the annual growth rate of the aquaculture sector and the emergence of cage farming
(Kamstra and Kpadeh, 2017).

Produce quality feed for fingerlings production, grow-out and research at Klay hatchery.

 

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Deputy Project Coordinator for LSMFP Project

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST
(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)
PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy
Services as Deputy Project Coordinator for LSMFP Project
Reference No: LR-NAFAA-162587-CS-INDV
Assignment Title: Deputy Project Coordinator
The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority has received
financial support from the World Bank Group in support of the Liberia Sustainable
Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP) in Liberia and intends to apply part of the proceeds
towards the recruitment of a Deputy Project Coordinator.
The objective of this assignment is to support NaFAA through the LSMFP and to assist the
International Project Coordinator (IPC) to lead implementation of activities of the Project
Implementation Unit (PIU).
The LSMFP Deputy Project Coordinator is an understudy to the IPC of the LSMFP and he/she
will work in close collaboration with the IPC during the Project Implementation. The Deputy
Project Coordinator will be responsible to assist the IPC for the management of the PIU and
apprising NaFAA on the timely and effective implementation of the planned project activities
within the framework of the Project Agreement.
The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) now invites eligible individual
consultants to indicate their interest in performing the Services. Interested Individual Consultants
should provide updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) and relevant documents indicating that they have
the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform the Services.
The shortlisting criteria includes the following qualifications:
• Minimum Master’s Degree in Marine Science, Marine Resource Management or
Fisheries; Public Administration, Project Management, Business Administration,
Economics, Human Resource or related fields from a recognized university or
Bachelor degree in related field with minimum of 5 years of project management
experience;
• Must have obtained significant relevant professional training in project management;
• Minimum 7 years of post-graduate professional work experience;

• Minimum 5 years’ experience in administration, leadership or management role in the
public/private sector institution with at least two (2) of those years’ experience in
donor funded projects, preferably the World Bank

Competencies:
• Familiarity with donor/multilateral administrative and financial procedures will be an
asset;
• Familiarity with the issues and policy in the field of fishery sector, especially in
Liberia; Fisheries administration
• Outstanding time-management, organizational and inter-personal skills;
• Excellent computer literacy;
• Ability to organize and facilitate meetings/workshops.
• Ability to establish a report and work with, people of diverse cultures backgrounds
and education,
• Ability to communicate effectively within the organization and with external
stakeholders,
• Strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities,
The detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) for the assignment can be found at the following websites:
a) www.nafaa.gov.lr
b) www.emansion.gov.lr
c) www.moa.gov.lr
The attention of interested individual Consultants is drawn to Section III, paragraphs, 3.14, 3.16,
and 3.17 of the World Bank’s “Procurement Regulations for IPF Borrowers” dated July 2016,
revised November 2017, August 2018, and November 2020 setting forth the World Bank’s policy
on conflict of interest. Please refer to paragraph 3.17 of the Procurement Regulations on conflict
of interest related to this assignment which is available on the Bank’s website at

http://projectsbeta.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/products-and-
services/brief/procurement-newframework .

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Fisheries US$40M Financing Agreement Passes into Law

Press-Release Flashback: World Bank Country Manager and Finance Minister displaying the signed document as NaFAA DG Joyously looks on after the signing ceremony

Monrovia-All is now set for the commencement of speedily growth within the Liberian Fisheries sector which has a huge potential to exponentially contribute to the economic growth of Liberia thus contributing hugely to the national budget in the tone of millions if properly managed could climb in the billions.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill including the Senators and Representatives of both Houses recently endorsed the “Financing Agreement of the (Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project) between the Republic of Liberia and International Development Association (IDA).  It was published into Law on December 17, 2021 by the Authority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Liberia.

The World Bank US$40 Million fisheries financing agreement which is aimed at improving fisheries management and enhancing livelihood and income for government and targeted beneficiaries, will among other things lead to the expansion and industrialization of the Mesurado fishing pier where larger fishing vessels could birth and land their catches. It can be recalled that the Mesurado fishing pier was constructed decades ago.

At the same time, the gains to be reaped from this project remain immense ranging from the creation of job opportunities for the ordinary Liberian through the establishment of fish processing facilities, cold storages to the overwhelming increment in revenue generation by national government.

Moreover, these and other benefits are expected to come from the full implementation of World Bank US40 fisheries project within five counties including Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Sinoe, Rivercess and Grand Kru and also the agreement seeks to in total bring about an overall reform within the fisheries sector that was never prioritized by former governments as being given urgent attention by the CDC-led government.

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NaFAA, Liberia Coast Guard Embark on Joint Enforcement

Fisheries-Patrol Liberia’s Fisheries Patrol Vessel taking off to south east for a month patrol of coastal communities

 

 

A joint compliance and Enforcement team comprising Technicians of the National Fisheries and Agriculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Liberia Coast Guard Tuesday November 16, 2021 departed Monrovia to ensure full compliance of the Liberian fisheries regulations in southeastern Liberia.

The southeastern counties that would be toured include Rivercess, Sinoe, Grand Kru and Maryland.

The compliance and enforcement team is expected to tour fishing communities to ensure fisher folks comply with regulations governing fisheries management in the country including collection of fisheries license fees and the usage of proper/legal fishing gears.

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25

Liberian Fisheries Cooperatives Receive Free Outboard Engines

Engine-Pre-Weah His Excellency, President George Manneh Weah

 

PRESS RELEASE

October 24, 2021

 

Liberian Fisheries Cooperatives Receive Free Outboard Engines

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FAO and Japanese Embassy Sign Fisheries/Agriculture Agreement

FAO-1 Japanese Ambassador, NaFAA DG and FAO Country Director at the signing ceremony

PRESS RELEASE

October 18, 2021

FAO And Japanese Embassy Sign Fisheries/Agriculture Agreement

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA has expressed appreciations for the signing of funding agreement between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO and the Japanese Embassy in Liberia.  FAO shall implement the project in partnership with the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, NaFAA and the Ministry of Agriculture, MOA.

Speaking during the signing ceremony at the Mesurado Pier Monday October 18, 2021 Hon Emma Glassco termed the signing ceremony as a dream come through and at the same time thanked the Japanese government and people for their continuous support to the fisheries and Agriculture sectors. The project is targeting ten counties including the nine coastal counties and one inland county namely Bong.

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NaFAA DG Extols Japanese Gov’t

Engine-photo1 Japanese Ambassador Handing Outboard Engine to President Weah in the presence of NaFAA’s DG Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco

PRESS RELEASE

October 18, 2021

NaFAA DG Extols Japanese Gov’t

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority is commending the government and people of Japan for what she termed as huge support to the Liberian fisheries sector since the inception of the CDC led government.

Speaking Monday October 18, 2021 during the Symbolic Turning Over Ceremony of 420 Yamaha Outboard Motor engines to the People of Liberia through his Excellency President George Manneh Weah, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco mentioned that “Japan has been a great partner to the Liberian Fisheries sector”.

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Procurement Officer for LSMFP Project

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Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)

National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority

P. O. Box 10-1384

United Nations Drive, Bushrod Island

1000 MONROVIA 10,LIBERIA

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15

NaFAA, Fisherfolk Settle Down on Controversy Over Net Exchange Program

DG-and-Fisherfolks NaFAA, Fisherfolk Settle Down on Controversy Over Net Exchange Program

Authorities of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and fisherfolks representing fishing communities in parts of Montserrado County on Thursday April 15, 2021 resolved what was degenerating into a serious tension.  

The disenchanted fishermen early Thursday morning trooped on the office of the Cooperative Management Association (CMA) in New Kru town, kicking against the planned ‘Net Exchange Program’. The CMA serves as a liaison between fishermen and NaFAA.

The Fishermen went to the point of besieging the official vehicle of the Deputy Director General of NaFAA, Hon. William Y. Boeh while he was taking their leadership to the central office of NaFAA near LPRC for a meeting with Director General Emma Metieh Glassco.

Earlier in New Kru Town at the CMA office, the aggrieved Fishermen were seeing with stalks in their hands demanding the presence of Mr. Nyantee Sleh who heads the CMA, alleging that he did not seek their interest while in discussion with the leadership of NaFAA on plans to exchange their rubber nets with the thread nets which is internationally acceptable.

The aggrieved fishermen also accused Mr. Sleh of not representing their interest at the level of the CMA as such they are prepared to have his entire leadership forcibly replaced.

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05

(REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Facility Engineer for Robertsport Fish Landing Site Cluster

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST

(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)

Preparation Advance No. IDAV3100PROJECT

ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Facility Engineer for Robertsport Fish Landing Site Cluster

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Two 40 Foot Containers of Fishing Nets Arrive in Monrovia

Fishing-Nets fishermen using paddling or Kru canoes

Two 40 Foot Containers of Fishing Nets Arrive in Monrovia

-Ahead of Free Fishing Nets Distribution Across Coastal Communities

 

Monrovia- As part of efforts to empower local fishermen across Liberia, the government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed the arrival of a huge consignment of internationally recommended multifilament or thread fishing nets. The arrival of the nets is part of World Bank sponsored project for Sustainable Management of Fishery resources.

A press release quoting the Director General of NaFAA, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco says the consignment of thread nets are in Monrovia for free nets exchange program which only affect licensed fishermen using paddling or Kru canoes

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST
(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)
Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100
PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting
Services to prepare Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for
Expansion of the Harper Coastal Station


Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-201401-CS-INDV


Assignment Title: Consulting services to prepare Environmental and Social
Management Plan (ESMP) for Expansion of the Harper Coastal Station


The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture authority (NaFAA)
has received support from the World Bank Group toward the preparation and implementation of
the, “Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)”. The project development
objective (PDO) is to improve the management and utilization of selected fisheries. The objective
of this terms of reference is to recruit an individual consultant who will prepare Environmental
and Social Management Plan (ESMP) for Expansion of the Harper Coastal Station.

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15

Consulting Services to Conduct Financial and Economic Feasibility for Rehabilitation of the Klay Fish Hatchery at Klay, Bomi County, Liberia

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Terms of Reference

For

Consulting Services to Conduct Financial and Economic Feasibility for Rehabilitation of the Klay Fish Hatchery at Klay, Bomi County, Liberia

for the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA)

February 2021

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Engage Men In Fight for Gender Equality -NaFAA Boss Urges Female Journalists

Female-J NaFAA Boss Madam Emma Metieh Glassco Speaking Friday January 29, 2021 @FEJAL Induction Ceremony

 

 

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture has challenged Liberian Female Journalists to begin “engaging their male counterparts in the fight for gender equality, this she believes is the biggest leverage women would have in their journalism profession.

 

Madam Emma Metieh Glassco in her message to the new leadership of the Female Journalists Association Friday January 29, 2021 at a local hotel in Paynesville further urged them to ensure that more women ascend to higher positions like their male journalists.

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25

NaFAA Sets Deadline For Paddle (Kru) Canoes Operators

Paddle-1 Paddle (Kru) canoes on the sea shore of one of Grand Bassa Co. fishing communities

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority ( NaFAA) has given all paddle canoe commonly known as Kru Canoe fishermen three  months (January – March 31,2021) grace period for the  payment of their 2021 fishing license fees.

The government of Liberia through NaFAA reached the decision over the weekend following a three-day consultative meeting held at the Mesurado Pier on Bushrod Island with paddle canoe representatives (Kru Fishing Chiefs) outside Monrovia from January 20-23, 2021.

At the close of the joint consultative meeting with the Kru Fishing Chiefs, NaFAA through its Director General, Madam Emma Metieh Glassco disclosed a downward adjustment (due to the prevailing rate) in the fishing license fees for the paddle canoes across Liberia.

Hon. Glassco announced that Kru canoe operators will now pay US$50.00 United States Dollars or its equivalent as fishing license fees for 2021 beginning March 31.

Mrs. Glassco furthered stated that in 2007 this was the fees charged by the then Bureau of National Fisheries, BNF under the Ministry of Agriculture as fishing license fees.

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25

“NaFAA Boss Seeks Cooperation in Combating IUU Fishing”

NaFAA-Boss-1 NaFAA Boss Emma Metieh Glassco Addressing Paddling Canoe Representatives

The Director General of NaFAA is urging residents of local fishing communities across the nine coastal counties in Liberia to work cooperatively with government in drastically combating illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities in Liberia.

Speaking Wednesday January 20, 2021 at the start of a three-day consultative stakeholders meeting with kru fishing chiefs taking place at the Mesurado Pier on Bushrod Island, Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco stated that “IUU fishing activities can only be drastically reduced if Residents of affected communities help government fight the menace”.

Mrs. Glassco disclosed plans to launch a community surveillance program throughout fishing communities in Liberia to drastically reduce illegal fishing across the nine coastal counties in Liberia.

The NaFAA Boss mentioned that “the government through NaFAA will do everything possible to support the local fishing authorities in all of the nine coastal counties to aid in the fight against illegal fishing activities”.

Mrs. Glassco said “we need the full support of all legal fishermen to combat illegal fishing” because those illegal fishermen are taking away Liberia’s fisheries resources without any benefit to the country’.

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NaFAA Compliance Team Arrest IUU Fishermen

IUU Illegal fishing motorized engines landed at the waterside for transport to Buchanan city

The compliance and enforcement team of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA, has arrested some illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishermen mainly Ghanaians.

The NaFAA team headed by the Deputy Director General for Technical Services Hon. William Y. Boeh including his staffers along with the Liberia Coast Guard carried out the arrest along the coast of Grand Kru.

 

The arrest took place in a hidden fishing community known as Nifu along the Dorbor River, Sass Town connecting the sea in Grand Kru county following a tip off by some local fishermen in Grandcess.

The fishermen in Grandcess informed NaFAA compliance team that those Ghanaian fishermen are migrant fishermen and are involved in illegal activities in Nifu fishing community.

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NaFAA Intensifies Fishing License Fees Collection

NaFAA-inten Harper City Maryland

The compliance and enforcement team of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has intensified the collection of 2020/2021 fishing license fees in Harper city and other landing sites in Maryland County.

The NaFAA compliance and enforcement team is currently in Maryland County on a Southeastern tour which began since December 21, 2020 in Grand Bassa County.

 NaFAA team with the help of the Liberia Coast Guard on Monday January 11, 2021 collected half a dozen of canoes belonging to paddling canoe operators in Cavalla fishing community and turned them over to the Town Chief Alexander H. Huskins.

Most of those fishermen in the paddling canoes category more often reneged on the payment of their fishing license fees with the “believe that the waters belong to their ancestors”.

However, due to the presence of the compliance and enforcement team of NaFAA surprising visit in the Cavalla fishing community, some of the paddling canoe fishermen immediately began complying by paying their 2020 fishing fees to NaFAA finance officer in Maryland county. Others promised to make payment after the intervention of their community leadership.

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15

“Liberia Remains Committed to Sustainable Fisheries Management” Says NaFAA DG

DG NaFAA DG Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco speaking Friday at EJF Communities for Fisheries Project launch held at the Monrovia City Hall

“Liberia Remains Committed to Sustainable Fisheries Management” Says NaFAA DG

 -As she launches EJF EU $3Million Fisheries Project

 

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA, says the government of Liberia remains committed to sustainably managing the fisheries sector by employing the best fisheries management practices and ensuring a sustainable exploitation of the resources.

Speaking Friday December 11, 2020 during the official launch of the Environmental Justice Foundation EU sponsored Communities for Fisheries Project held at Monrovia City Hall, Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco disclosed that government through NaFAA approach has been to involve the local communities which required organizing them into Collaborative Management Associations (CMAs).

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services for Preparation of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Frame Survey Reports

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)

Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100

PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services for Preparation of Aquaculture and Inland Fisheries Frame Survey Reports

Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-162612-CS-INDV

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17

Liberia to Conduct National Fish Stock Assessment

DG-Aug-17-2020 Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco Director General National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority(NaFAA)

PRESS RELEASE

August 15, 2020

Liberia to Conduct National Fish Stock Assessment 

Monrovia-The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed that Liberia is to shortly conduct its first ever comprehensive independent national fisheries stock assessment.

Independent assessments conducted on the Liberian fish stock up to date have been done on a Regional level by International Partners usually for a few days and on few species of concern within the region. 

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14

“NaFAA Capable Of Generating up to 30M Annually From Fisheries Sector”

el999 NaFAA DG Emma Metieh Glassco appearance in ELBC Studio

“NaFAA Capable Of Generating up to 30M Annually From Fisheries Sector”

-DG Emma Metieh Glassco

The Director-General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco has said the fisheries authority has the potential of attracting more revenue to support government developmental programs.

According to Mrs. Glassco, NaFAA is capable of generating up to 30 million United States dollars annually if the authority directs its energy towards developing infrastructures, including and designated fishing ports, post-harvest facilities and a robust licensing scheme only from wild marine resources.

Speaking when she appeared on state radio ELBC, Friday, August 14, 2020, the NaFAA director-general said the Authority has secured funding from the World Bank to improve its fishery facilities in the country.

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Liberian Gov’t Secures Job Opportunities For Seamen

Boat Photo of Tuna Fishing Vessel

 PRESS RELEASE

August 12, 2020

Liberian Gov’t Secures Job Opportunities For Seamen

Monrovia-In fulfillment of the CDC led Government plan to empower skilled and trained Liberians Seamen, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed that it has secured job opportunities for ten (10) Liberian Seafarers  to board two Liberian licensed international Tuna Fishing Vessels.

A NaFAA press release is quoted as saying that the ten Liberian Seafarers will be recruited from the Liberia Seamen and General Workers Union and the leadership has already been duly informed  about the job opportunities created by the CDC led Government through the Fisheries Authority.

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NaFAA Reacts To Environmental Justice Foundation

Boss-Statement

 

 PRESS RELEASE

August 10, 2020

NaFAA Reacts To Environmental Justice Foundation

-considers report as an instrument of political incitement 

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NaFAA DG Provides Clarity Over Chinese Vessel Registration

Seamen NaFAA Boss Hon. Glassco Addressing Protesting Seamen

 

Following two days of protest by several members of the Liberian Seamen Union, the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has provided some technical details why the government of Liberia has not licensed the six controversial Chinese fishing vessels currently at the Bong Mines fishing Pier on Bushrod Island.

On July 30 and 31, 2020 aggrieved members of the Liberian Seamen Union stormed the offices of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority on Bushrod Island in an angry mood demanding the licensing of the six Chinese Super trawlers in an attempt to provide them job opportunities.

The angry seamen union members who denied NaFAA’s staff of entering their offices Friday July 31, 2020, alleged that the authorities of NaFAA have decided to deny the six vessels operations on Liberian waters; this, they said would take them from their current state of joblessness and restore their families’ livelihoods.

The protesters claimed that after obtaining international certified training from the Regional Maritime university facilitated by the Liberian government through NaFAA, they have been denied opportunities to board European and other international tuna vessels fishing across the world.

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Request for Bids Management Information Systems

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Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project (LSMFP)

National Fisheries & Aquaculture Authority

P. O. Box 10-1384 United Nations Drive,

Bushrod Island 1000 MONROVIA 10, LIBERIA 

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02

NaFAA, AfricaRice & MOA Sign 3.5 Euros Rice-Fish Project

DG-NaFAA Madam Emma Metieh Glassco Director General NaFAA

 

 

As part of efforts to improve food security, nutrition and income in rural Liberia, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has entered a memorandum of understanding with AfricaRice and the Ministry of Agriculture to implement an EU sponsored Project titled “Desira” with its focus on rice and fish integration.

The signatories of the MOU are the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Madam Emma Metieh Glassco, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo Country Director AfricaRice, and the Minister of Agriculture Madam Jennie Cooper. The signing ceremony took place recently in Monrovia.

The integrated rice and fish farmers are the primary direct beneficiaries of the project who will benefit directly through access to research, innovations and technologies that will improve the sustainability and productivity of their products.

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services to Develop Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) in favor NaFAA

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST
(INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)
Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100
PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting
Services to Develop Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF) in favor NaFAA


Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-162611-CS-INDV


Assignment Title: Development of Resettlement Policy Framework (RPF)

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Social Development Specialist for LSMFP Project

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Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100
PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy
Services as Social Development Specialist for LSMFP Project


Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-162585-CS-INDV


Assignment Title: Social Development Specialist

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services to prepare grievance redress mechanism for project communities

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Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100 

PROJECT ID: P172012 

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consulting Services to prepare grievance redress mechanism for project communities 

Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-162611-CS-INDV 

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NaFAA, EU Distribute COVID-19 hygiene materials to Fishing Communities

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NaFAA, EU Distribute COVID-19 hygiene materials to Fishing Communities

Mon.; Lib.; Tuesday, June 9, 2020: As part of efforts to help contain the spread of the Coronavirus, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) with support from the European Union has begun the first of several distributions of assorted hygiene materials to fishing communities in West Point - one of the many coastal communities in Montserrado County.

The NaFAA and EU COVID-19 materials will be distributed in fishing communities situated in Montserrado, Grand Bassa, Grand Cape Mount and Margibi Counties.

 

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY)
Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100
PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Social Development Specialist for LSMFP Project

Reference No.: LR-NAFAA-162585-CS-INDV

Assignment Title: Social Development Specialist


The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) is commencing the preparatory process for the ‘Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project” (LSMFP) with funding from the World Bank Group, and requires the services of a Social Development Specialist.

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Announcement!

Announcement!

As part of efforts to ensure continuous food security in Liberia, the Government of Liberia, through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) in consultation with major Fish Importers in Liberia wishes to announce a US$2.00 reduction in the prices of fish products.

The US$2.00 reduction in these specific fish products that are mostly consumed by the Liberian people, is intended to reduce the retail cost of fish in the market.

All fish sellers or Fish Mongers are hereby mandated to take advantage of the intervention by the government of Liberia and avoid any artificial increment in the prices of those fish on the markets.

Authorities of the Liberia Marketing Association in the various markets are call upon to take note and ensure that all marketers sell Bonnie, Horse Markerel, Shinny Lady, and Snapper C, B in line with the reduction agreed upon by NaFAA and the various fish importers to enable affordability of fish on the market.

The US$2.00 reduction in the prices of fish products including cartoons of 1. Bony, 2.Horse Markerel, 3. Shinny Lady, 4.Snapper C 5.Snapper B, 6. Zipper has taken effect since Monday April 13, 2020, up to the end of the three weeks State of Emergency announced by the government to ensure a proper protection of everyone against the coronavirus disease.

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To Meet International Standards -NaFAA set to open Fisheries Competent Laboratory

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The Director-General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed that all is set for the setting up and subsequent operation of a fisheries competent laboratory (Post-Harvest and Quality Assurance) as the state of the art Laboratory equipment has arrived in Monrovia under the Icelandic project.  

Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco pointed out that Liberia is a coastal state with the second longest coastline in the sub-region next to Nigeria. She said “although Liberia is very rich in high value commercial quantities of both demersal and pelagic fish stocks, the country has lost its exporting powers to international fish markets due to the failure to set up a competent laboratory for the purpose of testing and certification of fish products.  As a result, there is a huge revenue leakage”.

Mrs. Glassco mentioned that NaFAA has also demonstrated its willingness to adopt ISO- International Organization for Standardization's protocols of which will be laid out in its updated 2020 regulations and has gone one step further by ratifying international treaties such as the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), an FAO legal instrument in an effort to get the required accreditation either from USA, EU, UK among others for export.

The Liberian fisheries Expert further mentioned that the competent Laboratory when completed will actually be first of its kind since the 1970s.  

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NAFAA FINES ILLEGAL IVORIAN FISHERMEN US$5,000.00

NAFAA FINES ILLEGAL IVORIAN FISHERMEN US$5,000.00

To deter illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing across Liberia, the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has fined an Ivorian Fishing Boat US$5,000.00 consistent with the 2010 Fisheries Regulations. 

The Ivorian Boat which had entered Liberian waters illegally was arrested Wednesday, April 1, 2020 in Grandcess, Grand Kru County with the help of the Community Based Surveillance Network, a local community-based organization along fishing communities in Liberia’s nine coastal counties.

The seven illegal Ivorian fishermen are currently being detained by the local authorities in Grandcess and their semi industrial fishing boat has been confiscated.

A NaFAA press release issued Saturday April 4, 2020 quotes its Deputy Director General for Technical Services as saying that the illegal Ivoirian fishing vessel SP202 was spotted by some members of the Community Based Surveillance Network who later informed NaFAA’s fisheries team in Grandcess about the illegal fishing activities.

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Liberian Government Rescues Missing Fishermen

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Monrovia-The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority(NaFAA) in collaboration with the Liberia National Coast Guard has rescued a crew of fishermen from the Popo Beach Fishing Community who went missing on Friday, March 20, 2020 while fishing.

They were rescued after their canoe which is 10 to 15 meters in length powered by an outboard engine of 15 horse power failed at sea.

Initially, the four fishermen were rescued by a bulk carrier vessel named Montrose some 54 nautical mile off the Grand Bassa County and were received by the Liberian National Coast Guard some 25 nautical miles.

A NaFAA press release quotes the Director General as saying that the rescue efforts initiated by the Liberia National Coast Guard and National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority took place Tuesday, March 24, 2020 after the Fisheries Monitoring Center which is effectively operated jointly by NaFAA and Liberia Maritime Authority (LiMA) 24/7 received an intelligence from the Collaborative Management Association (CMA) of Montserrado about the missing fishermen.

The CMA is a local fisheries governance structure put in place by NAFAA to effectively manage the coastal resources of Liberia.

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Social Development Specialist for LSMFP Project

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST

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Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100

PROJECT ID: P172012

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Environmental Safeguard Specialist for LSMFP Project

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY) 

Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100 

PROJECT ID: P172012 

 

Subject: Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Environmental Safeguard Specialist for LSMFP Project 

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Request for Expression of Interest (REOI) for provision of Consultancy Services as Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist for LSMFP Project

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REQUEST FOR EXPRESSION INTEREST (INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY) 

Preparation Advance No. IDA V3100 

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In License Fees Payment - President Weah Gives One Month Grace Period

PR-Photo President George Manneh Weah

Monrovia-March 4, 2020: President George Manneh Weah has mandated the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) to give a one-month grace period to all fishermen fishing in the territorial waters of Liberia, beginning Wednesday, March 4, 2020, to enable them raise money to pay their license fees.

The issuance of this mandate now means the enforcement of fishing license payment will begin on the 4th of April, 2020.

On the 21st of February, 2020, a group of concerned fishermen communicated to the office of President Weah, seeking intervention in addressing the increment in the Fisheries License Fees announced by the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA).

The same group had earlier petitioned members of the Legislature to intervene.

“The President, being very cognizant of the prevailing economic situation in the country, and as a leader, who shared the experiences of the fishermen, has decided to intervene in the situation”, a NaFAA release says.

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NaFAA To Deploy First Set Of Trained And Certified Seafarers On international Fishing Fleets

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For the first time in a long while, (since 1989) the government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority in collaboration with the Liberia Maritime Authority, the first batch of trained and certified international seafarers are to shortly be deployed on Liberia’s licensed EU fishing vessels and Liberian flagged tuna vessels.

Although Liberia signed the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement with EU in 2016, unfortunately, there have been no Liberian Seafarers deployed on any of the 33 EU fishing vessels including other international vessels licensed and flagged by Liberia because of the lack of capacity and required skills. However, under the astute leadership of His Excellency, Dr. George Manneh Weah, President of Liberia, all efforts have been made through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) to have the internationally trained Liberian Seafarers deploy on the EU vessels and other international vessels. He has emphasized that such decision be implemented as a mandatory requirement for fishing vessels licensed by NaFaa as well as a mandatory provision in future bilateral or private Fisheries Access Agreement.  This effort is aimed at providing Liberians seafarers job and networking opportunities as well as international exposure with other international seafarers.

The nine Liberian Seafarers are expected to work on board three (9%) European Union fishing vessels licensed under the Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Agreement (SFPA) signed 2016 to fish in Africa including the Liberian Exclusive Economy Zone (EEZ) and other parts of the world.

According to a NaFAA press release, which quoted the Director General of NaFAA Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco there has been a demand from nafaa, that the three European fishing vessel carrying Liberian trained Seafarers dock at designated ports where the nine Seafarers will be given the opportunity to board.

The nine Liberian Seafarers expected to board the three European Union vessels include: Wilson Blamo, Stanley Warjolo, Barfee Kieh, and Lawrence Lamah. Others are Janron Toe, Joseph Z. Cooper, Samuel Clinton, Ansu konneh and Paul Jackson.

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NaFAA Launches FPV Lone Star To Sea Patrol

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-DG says “illegal Fishermen days are over”

 

The official launch to sea patrol of the Wales government donated fisheries patrol vessel has taken place in the presence of the first lady of the Republic of Liberia Mrs. Clar Weah and British Ambassador David Belgrove and other government officials including those from the Liberian National Coast Guard.

Speaking on board the patrol vessel the Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority(NaFAA) in a joyous mood Thursday morning 6, February 2020 stated emphatically that Liberian Fisheries Authority through the Liberia National Coast Guard, is well equipped to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities on Liberian waters. Director General Emma Metieh Glassco disclosed to the media that the fisheries patrol boat is the biggest and has the potential to patrol the waters from Grand Cape Mount to cape Palmas in Maryland County.

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To Ensure Compliance of Fishermen

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-NaFAA Begins Massive Awareness

The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA Friday January 24, 2020 led a taskforce comprising the Liberia National Coast Guard, the Liberia National Police and the Liberia Immigration service on an awareness campaign into fishing communities within Montserrado County on the recent adjustment made in the fishing fees structure announced by the Liberian Fisheries Authority.

It can be recalled early January 2020 the Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announcement an adjustment in the Fishing License Fees for Fishermen engaged in semi-industrial fishing activities throughout the nine coastal Counties based on the capacity of outboard machines/ motorized fishing boats. Making the pronouncement NaFAA’s Director General Mrs. Emma Glassco pointed out that the new fees structure for the small skills fish licensing program takes immediate effect.

Speaking during a jam-packed press conference held in her office Mrs. Glassco called on all semi-industrial fishermen across Liberia to cooperate with government in the payment of their 2020 fishing license fees as no fisherman will be allow to fish without the 2020 fishing license.

As part of efforts to ensure compliance and take NaFAA to the fishing communities across the nine coastal counties the Glassco Management kickoff a massive awareness campaign which initially affected fishing communities across the Township of West Point, the borough of New Kru Town and Banjor Virginia in Montserrado Counties.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) announces to the public that its Taskforce will begin a vigorous awareness on the adjustments made in the Fishing License Fees for Fishermen engaged in semi-industrial fishing in Liberia.

NaFAA Taskforce comprising the Liberia National Coast Guard, Liberia National Police, and Liberia Immigration Service will be led by its Director General Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco and it will tour fishing communities across Montserrado county.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Taskforce will be seen across fishing communities in Monrovia every Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Fisheries Authority wishes to advise that fishermen engaged in the changing of the canoes name without informing NaFAA is a crime.

Fishermen using one fishing license for more than two canoes is a crime. All unlicensed canoes will be chained and locked on the various beaches.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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The Government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) wishes to announcement an adjustment in the Fishing License Fees for Fishermen engaged in semi-industrial fishing activities throughout the nine coastal Counties based on the capacity of outboard machines/ motorized fishing boats. The new fees structure for the small skills fish licensing program takes immediate effect.

NaFAA is calling on all semi-industrial fishermen across Liberia to cooperate with government in the payment of their 2020 fishing license fees as no fisherman will be allow to fish without the 2020 fishing license.

Motorized canoes using 1 Horse power to 14 horse machine will now pay USD$200.00 to obtain their fishing licenses to fish across the country and those with 15 horse power to 40 horse power capacity are require to pay USD$475.00. Motorized canoes with 41 horse power to 100 horse power will pay USD$1,000.00 and Migrant or seasonal fishermen will pay USD1,250.00.

The amount stipulated above can also be paid in Liberians dollars equivalent.

Absolutely no fisherman will be permitted to fish without being in possession of the 2020 and 2019 licenses as the joint fisheries taskforce comprising the Liberia National Coast Guard, Ministry of Commerce, the Liberia National Police, Liberia Drug Enforcement agency and the Liberia Immigration service will begin vigorous inspection across Liberia’s coastal communities to enforce the payment of the license fees.

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Liberia Makes History, Establishes WIMAFRICA Chapter - As its President Commits to Empowering More Women

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Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia has joined other countries in Africa in the establishment of a chapter of Women in Maritime in Africa (WIMAFRICA) in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the United Nations.

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Announcement

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This is to inform the General Public that Program Marking the Official Induction of Code of Officers and Launching of the Women in Maritime in Africa Liberia Chapter is scheduled to take place in Monrovia on December 23, 2019 at 10:00am. The induction and launching ceremony will take place at the Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.

The Women in Maritime in Africa, Liberian Chapter ceremony will bring together special guests of honor including former Liberian Female President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, H.E Chief Dr. Jewel Howard Taylor, Vice President Republic of Liberia; Hon. Lawrence Barchue-Assistant Secretary General, IMO-UN; Elizabeth Naa Afoley Quaye, Minister of Fisheries Republic of Ghana and Madam Jean Chiazor Anishere, President of the Women in Maritime in Africa Network among others.

Also expected to grace the occasion include Officials from the Seafarers Union, Fish Monger Association, Liberia Maritime Authority, Ministry of Transport, LISCR, EPA, and NPA.                     

The Women in Maritime Africa Association (WIMAFRICA) is made up of female maritime professionals, leaders, and entrepreneurs throughout the African maritime sector (and related areas) from all the countries and various regions and sub-regions of the continent.

Meanwhile, the aim of the Association is to increase the visibility of women in the maritime sector which is perceived to be a male dominated sector. It also includes cooperation in building capacity, training, education and development of entrepreneurial projects in order to contribute effectively to global efforts towards Women's Economic Empowerment, Representation and Leadership in Maritime and the Blue Economy.  The establishment of WIMAFRICA is to contribute effectively to realize the African Union Agenda 2063.

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Liberia Signs Technical Cooperation To Assist Export Fish To EU Market

Commerce-Signing (L To R) Hon. Emma Metieh Glassco NaFAA DG, Prof. Alex Dodoo of Ghana and Deputy Commerce Minister Nyema Wisner

The government of Liberia through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) and the Ministry of Commerce Friday November 22, 2019 signed a Technical Cooperation with the Ghana Standard Authority as a temporary arrangement for the certification and testing of Liberian Fish and Fish Product only, for export to the EU market.

At the same time, Liberia has sent two technicians from the Commerce Ministry to Brussels to undergo training for the REX Program (Registered of Exporters) so that the REX program can be maintain and implemented in Liberia. These are set criteria prior to the commencement for direct export of fish and fish product from Liberia to the EU market.

According to a NaFAA Press Release, Prior to this arrangement, the Legislature under the Weah led government signed unto the economic partnership agreement which is the framework for implementing the REX program which allows export to EU market on a zero% tariff basis. And, this is the first time that Liberia fish and fish product will be exported to the EU market under this program and it’s also a gateway for other Liberian products to hit the EU market.

In another development, Liberia through NaFAA for the first time, has Flagged Two Tuna Purse seiners of Sovereign Trade Services a Liberian registered company (industrial pelagic fishing vessels) on its domestic vessel registry and attracted investment to start operating by January 2020.

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Conservation Of Sharks And Ray Is Cardinal -Stressed NaFAA DDGTS

Sharks-and-Ray 2nd National Plan of Action for the conservation of sharks and ray

The Deputy Director General for Technical Services at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has stressed the importance of the conservation of sharks and ray in Liberia.

Speaking Friday during the 2nd National Plan of Action for the conservation of sharks and ray in Liberia, Mr. William Boeh said the continuous conservation of sharks and ray across Liberia indicates that Liberia is in full compliance with international fisheries protocols.

“the conservation of sharks and ray is cardinal to Liberia and the world at large, therefore it incumbent upon all of us Liberians with support from our International partners to protect those fisheries” stated NaFAA Deputy Director for Technical Services William Boeh.

Mr. Boeh challenged stakeholders to ensure the full implementation of the National Plan of Action for the conservation of sharks and ray across Liberia.

Making presentation during the stakeholders meeting, the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) Liberia Project Officer pointed out that restoring the populations of sharks is important and can yet deliver ecological surprise.

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French Tuna Vessel ‘Avel Vor’ sinks off Liberian Coast

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Monrovia, Liberia - The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has disclosed that a Liberian licensed French tuna fishing vessel ‘Avel Vor’ has sunk some 180 nautical miles off Liberia’s coast last week.

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Guoji 828 and Guoji 831 Fishing Licenses Suspended with Immediate Effect

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The Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) wishes to announce with immediate effect, the suspension of Guoji 828 and Guoji 831 Fishing Licenses for issues relating to the death of a Liberian Sailor on board Guoji 831 vessel.

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Liberia Signs Cape Town Agreement; Commits to Full Compliance of International Fisheries Protocols

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Malaga, Spain- The Liberian government, through the Director-General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), has signed the Cape Town Agreement, committing to the full implementation of the international fisheries protocols.

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Liberia’s Fisheries DG Speaks at IMO-United Nations Ministerial Conference, side-event

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The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority, Mrs. Emma Metieh Glassco has the distinguished honor, to serve as Speaker at the women in fisheries side event to be held on the margins of the Ministerial conference on fishing Vessel safety and IUU Fishing of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the United Nations in Malaga, Spain from 21-23, October 2019.  

This event, which was driven by the 2019 World Maritime theme on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community, will bring together key stakeholders from around the world to debate issues around the roles and visibility of women in the sector.

At the Malaga, Spain conference, Mrs. Glassco will deliberate on several issues ranging from gains made under her leadership at national level, regional perspective of women empowerment in fisheries (a case study of Liberia and West Africa), the role of women in food (fish) safety and supply chain, as well as policy recommendations to enhance women participation and visibility in the maritime sector.

The Conference aims to promote ratification of the Cape Town Agreement, a key IMO treaty for safety of fishing vessels. The entry into force of the Cape Town Agreement will help deter the proliferation of illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, by establishing international safety standards for fishing vessels.

The Conference is intended for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and relevant experts responsible for implementing fishing vessel safety and IUU fishing policies as well as enacting national legislation to ratify the Agreement.

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NaFAA Launches New Era of Transparency

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The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA is commending Authorities of the European Union for its support to staff training in internet programs.

Speaking Thursday at the end of the three days EU support training on Internet Outlook Training Mrs. Glassco said “from today, all NaFAA staff will be working with official NaFAA email addresses, and according to a protocol designed to increase transparency, accountability and efficiency of our officers. Training has been provided to all staff to support this move. In addition, a number of dedicated email addresses have been created, for example, for enquiring about licenses, or requesting a fisheries inspection.

The NaFAA Boss mentioned “I request that anyone contacting NaFAA, on any aspect of the wide range of services it provides to fishermen, fish traders, sellers and vessel agents, use only the new official email addresses that have been created, a list of which is available on the NaFAA website. From today onward, no NaFAA business will be conducted via private emails, and any queries through private email will need to be directed to the official accounts”.

She said “I very much welcome this move, one of a number of improvements to service and accountability that NaFAA Management is bringing in, to help us as we support the development of Liberia’s rich fisheries.”

The three days EU sponsored Internet Outlook Training has seen all staff migrated to dedicated NaFAA email addresses, which from Thursday October 17, 2019 will replace entirely the use of private email address for conducting NaFAA business.

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EU Supports Capacity Building At NaFAA; Over 200 Staffs Trained In Internet Outlook

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Monrovia, Liberia - A European Union Sponsored Internet Outlook Training for staffs of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has kicked off at the Mesurado Pier on the Bushrod Island outside Monrovia.

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Liberia and Japan Sign Fisheries Grant Agreement

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Monrovia, Liberia - The Government of Liberia and the Japanese Government have signed a Fishery Grant Agreement for the supply of Motorize Yamaha engines to local fishermen in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount, Grand Bassa and Rivercess Counties without cost.

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NaFAA, FAO Strengthen Collaboration

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Monrovia, Liberia - The Government of Liberia, through the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA), has signed a Fisheries Research Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Monrovia. The MOU entails fisheries independent stock assessment using a fisheries research vessel named RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen.

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25 NAFAA Staff Leaves for China

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Monrovia, Liberia - As part of efforts to achieve the Pro Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development of the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) led government as its relates to capacity building, 25 Staffs of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFFA) are expected to depart Liberia on Tuesday July 16, 2019 for a month long mariculture training in China, a release from NaFAA has said.

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China Pledges Continuous Support To Liberia’s Development

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Monrovia, Liberia - The people of China have pledged their continuous support toward the manpower development of Liberian Citizens and more infrastructure developments across Liberia.

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