Fingerings tallying 1,2 million distributed


The aquaculture sector produced about 1,253,807 in 2023 as compared to 1,355,000 target and distributed about 779,359 compared to 931,000 target of fingerlings of both distribution catfish and tilapia fish species at five aquaculture centres, according to the 24/25 – 2026/27 fiscal strategy for the medium term expenditure framework.

The number of fish farmers and students supported was 257 fish farmers compared to the target of 100 target through training, advisory and extension services, provision of fish feed and fingerlings distribution.

In terms of fingerling production and distribution, the programme met 94%, and 84% of the planned targets respectively. In terms of freshwater fish production and support services provisions more than 100% was achieved.

In terms of large scale commercial fishing, scientific management advice was provided for the annual Total Allowable Catch for all eight commercially exploited fish stocks (hake, monk, seals, horse mackerel, crab, rock lobster).

The sardine stock was still serving a fishing moratorium. A biomass survey was conducted for Orange Roughly; however, no TAC recommendations or scientific management advice was presented as this stock is still serving a long-term fishing moratorium. The targets were met all biomass surveys scheduled for 2022/23 financial year will be conducted.

In the field of marine and inland monitoring, control and surveillance, the programme objectives include monitoring control and survelaince of both sea and inland waterbodies. The programme normally ensures compliance with fisheries legislation within the Namibia Exclusive Economic Zone.

The programme activities include inspection of vehicles at road blocks, coastal patrols and catch or landing inspections, it ensures compliance of fisheries legislation on rivers, other water bodies and the Cuvelai system and southern regions.

The inspection further includes the examining of fishing gears and licenses issued by local authorities.

It supports the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute and Luderitz waterfront Development Company by contributing annual subsidies for operations and capital projects respectively.

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