NaFAA Begins Shrimp Management to Help Boost Revenue in Fishery Sector

MONROVIA – With assistance from the World Bank through the Liberia Sustainable Management of Fisheries Project, the Deputy Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority has described the creation of a shrimp management plan as a crucial component of Liberia’s fisheries management strategy.
The shrimp management plan is being prepared at a time when Liberian Fisheries Management is going through what he described as a fall in revenue creation, according to information revealed by Hon. Augustine M. Manoballah.

Photo of Participants at the one-day shrimp management plan validation workshop

Hon. Manaoballah did point out that since shrimp is a high-value species in Liberia, creating a management plan now that would permit exploitation will likely result in financial benefits for the nation.
At the beginning of a one-day workshop on the validation of a draft shrimp fishery management plan for the Liberian Multi-species Deepwater Shrimp Fishery, held at NaFAA Corporate Headquarters near the Freeport of Monrovia, on Monday, April 15, 2024, the Deputy Director General for Administration of the Liberian Fisheries made the statement.

Mr. Manoballah recalled that the Liberian Fisheries Authority had experimented with experimental fishing on the nation’s shrimp resources a year prior. Based on the first data gathered, it was decided to carry out further research.
He said the World Bank approved of the idea and supported the employment of a consultant to help create a management plan for shrimp fisheries using information gathered from experimental fishing.

As a result, Hon. Manoballah has urged other line Ministries and Agencies to assist the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority in carrying out the shrimp management plan in its entirety.
Representatives from the World Bank, European Union, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, National Port Authority, University of Liberia Fisheries Science College, Ministries of Agriculture and National Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Cold Storage Operators were among those present at the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority’s (NaFAA) one-day validation workshop on the draft shrimp fisheries management plan.

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