Fisheries ministry rubbishes call for fishing rights applications

The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has poured cold water on a document circulating on social media announcing that applications for rights to harvest marine resources have opened.

In a public notice, acting permanent secretary at fisheries, Ueritjiua Kauaria said at present there is no invitation calling for application for fishing rights.

“In terms of the law, by official notice in the Gazette, the minister invites the public to apply for fishing rights. This is in accordance with the Marine Resources Act, Act No. 27, 2000, Section 33, which empower the minister to do so,” he said.

He added that the invitation runs for a period of one month and consists of names of species for which rights may be applied for.