South Africa and Namibia signs Memorandum on bigger fisheries cooperation

Namibia and South Africa signed a memorandum of under-standing on cooperation in the areas of aquaculture and fisheries on Monday (21 January). The signing ceremony took place in Windhoek and representing the two Governments were: Namibia’s fisheries minister Bernhard Esau and his South African counterpart Senzeni Zokwana, South Africa’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

Namibia and South Africa are already cooperating at fisheries on inter-national forums like joint membership in the Benguela Current Com-mission (along with Angola) and international fisheries management forums ICCAT (International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas) and Seafo (Sea East Atlantic Fisheries Organisation).
The memorandum of understanding signed on Monday provides for co-operation in a total of nine areas: fisheries and aquaculture research, monitoring, control and surveillance, capacity building and development, data and information, collaboration on policies, collaboration on economic development of fisheries, collaboration on value addition, collaboration on aspects of the Blue Economy and promoting and develop common positions for both countries in fisheries.
Minister Esau in his keynote address at the signing ceremony explained the Namibian and South African fisheries sectors are natural partners. Namibia and South Africa experienced the same pattern when ownership in the sectors were rid from apartheid-era ownership.
Geographically the countries are coastal neighbours and shares the same ocean, the South Atlantic.
As a result of the geographical positioning fish species are migrating between the two countries’ EEZ’s and many fishing companies are integrated in both countries.

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