TANZANIA – In a significant move, President Samia Suluhu Hassan has unveiled a comprehensive strategic roadmap to harness the full potential of Tanzania’s fisheries sector.

The President highlighted key initiatives during the launch and distribution of fish cages and modern fishing boats to fishermen in the Lake Zone regions.

A pivotal aspect of the plan is the acquisition of vessels for deep-sea fishing, signaling the government’s belief that the sector has untapped capacity.

President Samia also disclosed plans to introduce cage fish farming across major lakes, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to maximizing the benefits of the fisheries sector.

Speaking at Nyamagana Stadium in the Mwanza Region, President Samia outlined the government’s broader vision to elevate the fishing sector’s contribution to the national income.

This includes the construction of fishing ports in Kilwa Masoko and Bagamoyo, the development of modern fish markets, and the identification of suitable areas for cage fishing nationwide.

President Samia emphasized the Building Better Tomorrow (BBT Life) program, which provided specialized training to 200 young people in the 2022/2023 fiscal year.

“Some of them have become beneficiaries of modern fishing boats and cages, with an additional 300 individuals slated for similar training in the coming year.”

Addressing the importance of formalizing jobs in the fishing sector, particularly for young people and women, President Samia urged beneficiaries to responsibly manage the provided equipment and boats. She stressed the significance of returning interest-free loans to support other aspiring individuals.

The Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries, under Minister Abdallah Ulega, plays a crucial role in these initiatives.

Minister Ulega revealed that the fishing sector provides jobs for over four million Tanzanians, with plans to distribute 500 boats in the fiscal year 2024/2025. The boats, equipped with fishing gear, GPS, and life jackets, are expected to contribute significantly to the sector’s growth.

While expressing support for the revitalization of Tanzania’s fisheries sector, President Samia responded to a proposal for a fishing agency.

She encouraged a detailed presentation to assess its impact on devolving power to local governments, emphasizing careful consideration to avoid interference.

Meanwhile, in Western Africa, Liberia seeks to industrialize its fisheries sector for socio-economic growth.

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority Director General Emma Glassco highlighted the challenges faced by Liberia’s fishery sector, citing a lack of scientific data.

To address this, the Liberian government has commissioned a Moroccan research vessel for data collection, aiming to combat illegal fishing and promote sustainable practices amid declining stocks and the encroachment of foreign vessels.

 

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