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Seaflower fights auctioning of quotas

Seaflower Pelagic Processing has approached the High Court of Namibia, on an urgent basis, in an attempt to stop the fisheries and marine resources ministry from auctioning fishing quotas.
Seaflower Pelagic Processing is a joint venture between Fishcor (40%) and African Selection Fishing Namibia, which is owned by the Angola-based African Selection Trust, which is owned by Karasburg native, Adriaan Jacobus Louw.
The announcement by the government to auction certain quotas was met with mixed feelings with opposition parties and civil societies challenging the decision the auction.
One of the reasons given for the auctioning, fisheries minister Albert Kawana said in a statement, is to test the market and see whether Namibia is selling its fish at a market-related price.
According to court documents, Seaflower’s relief claim is that a rule nisi is issued returnable on Friday, 4 September 2020 or a date determined by the managing judge.
The matter is in court tomorrow.
Seaflower, in June this year, retrenched 600 fixed-term employees.
The company’s chief executive officer Adolf Burger, at that time said that the retrenchments were as a result of the fishing quota cuts the company experienced.
The ministry is intending on making an announcement on 27 August 2020
Meanwhile, the People’s Litigation Centre in a letter to the fisheries minister on 20 August threatened to take the ministry to court if they, amongst others, announce successful bidders.
They also told the ministry for an undertaking on or before 21 August 2020.
The PLC said that the ministry has not responded to their letter nor met any of their requests. They added that they are currently busy with the application to the High Court.

Wonder Guchu

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