PLEEBO, Sept. 15 (LINA) – The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has disclosed that it will shortly distribute huge supplies of internationally-approved fishing nets and motorized engines free of charge to fishing communities across coastal counties in Liberia.
According to a release, NaFAA has also started the formation of Fisheries Based Organizations (FBOs) into cooperatives ahead of the free distribution of the multi-filament nets and standardized motorized engines.
The release said NaFAA in collaboration with the Cooperative Development Agency (CDA) will this month (September) begin the first phase of the formation of the Fisheries Cooperatives in Montserrado, Grand Cape Mount and Grand Bassa Counties through trainings on the management and sustainability of the cooperatives in these counties.
The NaFAA release said its action is intended to enhance the capacity and increase the income of local fishermen.
It said the approved nets will shortly arrive in Monrovia and the distribution is intended to promote the use of multi-filament nets that will result to the withdrawal of mono-filament nets which do not meet international standard for small scale fishers in Liberia.
Meanwhile, NaFAA is calling on fishermen to cooperate so that they can benefit from the free distribution.