Cabinet approves 349 000 tonnes catch for Horse Mackerel
Cabinet has approved a Total Allowable Catch for Horse Mackerel to be set at 349 000 tonnes (349 000 000 kg) for the 2019 fishing season at the decision making cabinet meeting this week.
Fisheries minister, Bernand Esau, submitted the request to develop a scorecard to evaluate the performance of each right holder, in order to determine the amount of fishing quota to be allocated to each right holder.
“Based on the Marine Resources Act, that was piloted through the filling of questionnaires by all right holders. I am happy to note that the officials at the ministry completed data analysis on this matter and the results are quite revealing.”
“Nothing in the current law prevents the minister from considering scorecard performance in allocating quotas, including current reserve quotas in various fisheries by 2020 Namibia will have implemented a Blue Economy governance and management system that sustainably maximizes economic benefits from marine resources and ensures equitable marine wealth distribution to all Namibians,” Esau stated.
Esau also stated that by 2022, Namibia will be the key fisheries and processing hub in the South West Atlantic Ocean through increasing the volume of fish handled, canned or processed in Walvis Bay cumulatively by 40%.
Although the total allowable catch for the various sub-sectors during the 2017/18 season was 3% lower than the previous season, fish products remained the second-largest foreign exchange earner for Namibia, after mining, at N$10 billion during the last financial year.
Namibian fisheries' total landings range between 510 000 and 550 000 tonnes annually, of which 99,5% are from the ocean, while inland fishing and aquaculture contribute about 1 500 tones a year.
Horse mackerel landings constitute about 65% of total landings at 330 000 tons annually.
Furthermore, Cabinet has also approved the TAC for Deep-Sea Red Crab to be set at 39 000 MT for the 2019 fishing season.