Fisheries and Marine Resources

Namibia welcomes the adoption of the global high seas treaty

Namibia welcomes the adoption of the global high seas treaty

Niël Terblanché Namibia has welcomed the establishment of the new Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) global treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of marine resources The treaty, under the auspices of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), was adopted by consensus during a meeting in New York. Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources spokesperson welcomed the development and commends the UN’s efforts aimed at protecting and conserving marine biodiversity. The treaty is aimed at protecting the ocean, promoting equity and fairness, tackling environmental degradation, fighting climate change and preventing biodiversity loss in the high…
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Quota for 86 00 seals approved

Quota for 86 00 seals approved

Niël Terblanché After being approved by the Namibian Cabinet, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has issued a quota for the harvesting of 80 000 Cape fur seal pups and 6 000 bulls this year. The seal culling - a harvest will be done onshore to control the ever-increasing population numbers of the marine animals along Namibia’s coastline - is set to begin on 1 July. According to the fisheries ministry, the seal population currently stands at 1.6 million animals and is made up of 26 colonies. Studies commissioned by the fisheries ministry have shown that seals can consume…
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