SEAFLOWER Pelagic Processing will be able to keep its doors open for a few months more after it was granted an additional horse mackerel quota.
The Erongo Regional Governor Neville Andre, during his weekly briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the region, announced that the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources has promised to release an additional quota for the company to catch and process.
During July 655 workers staged a stand in protest at the factory to implore the fisheries minister to consider their future employment and the opportunities that they might miss because of unemployment. They also asked the same from the newly appointed board members of Fishcor which has a huge stake in the fishing company.
The Seaflower employees did not process any fish since May this year because of quotas that was stopped and the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Up until quotas were taken away from Seaflower Pelagic Processing in the wake of the Fishrot corruption scandal, the factory was held up as the model which should be emulated by other fishing companies in Namibia.
The company was about to create 440 more jobs by opening a canning factory when the quotas were taken away.
The Marketing Manager of Seaflower Pelagic Processing Tuko Jason Angala said although they were informed of the granting of an additional quota, the company is still waiting for official confirmation.
“We heard that it might be 4 000 tons but before we have anything in writing from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources we are not able to send vessels to sea,” he said.
He indicated that with the additional quota of 4 000 tons the factory will be able to delay the retrenchment of workers for a month.