Fishing rights awarded

Staff writer

The Ministry of Fisheries has awarded 104 fishing rights for various species.

Information gleaned by the Windhoek Observer shows that, 30 of the rights were awarded for hake, 30 for horse mackerel, five for monk, five red crab, and five for rock lobster among other species.

Various successful applicants have been contacted by the Ministry since Friday to accept their rights.

This comes as over 5,000 applications were submitted by various entities to be considered for fishing rights in 2018.

The full list of the successful applicants is expected to be published soon.

Already the government has entered into a jobs-for-fishing-quotas agreement with six companies on condition they absorb over 1,300 fisherman unemployed for various reasons including those disadvantaged due to the negative repercussions related to the Fishrot scandal.

The unnamed companies are set to benefit from 19850 metric tons of horse mackerel and 5816 metric tons of hake broken into weight and freezer as part of the agreement.

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