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Cabinet approves lower monkfish quota

Cabinet approves lower monkfish quota

Niël Terblanché
THE Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for Monkfish for the coming year’s fishing season has been lowered by 800 tonnes to allow the valuable marine resource some time to regenerate.
The Namibian Cabinet endorsed the monkfish total allowable catch (TAC) to be set at 7 200 metric tons for the 2019/2020 fishing season.

Pictured: Fishing vessels moored at the jetty’s of fish processing plants in the Walvis Bay harbour. – Photo: Niël Terblanché

The fishing season for monkfish opened on 1 May and will run until April next year.
The Minister of Information and Communication Technology Stanley Simataa announced the revised quota for the fish species during the weekly briefing session on Cabinet’s decisions.
According to the Executive Director of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Dr. Moses Maurihungirire, the reduction in the TAC came after a scientific survey of the resource showed that the species will need time to regenerate.
“The biomass survey done by the Marine Resource Advisory Council indicated that the monkfish part of the total biomass in Namibia’s territorial waters is a little lower than in previous years. The council advised the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources accordingly. Although the ultimate decision of the size of the TAC lies with the minister, he took the council’s advice to act prudently and tabled the request to Cabinet accordingly.”
Dr. Maurihungirire said the resource is finite and that fishing beyond the capacity would decimate the species in Namibian waters.
He said nature and science determines the ultimate decision and by the fisheries minister and by following a scientific method in managing the resource, it will be available for sustainable utilisation for years to come.

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