AU Member states urged to enhance sustainable fishing
Posted by MBARAKA KAMBONA on 29 March 2022 9:55 AM CAT
By Mbaraka Kambona, Dar es Salaam
The Deputy Minister for Livestock and Fisheries, Tanzania, Hon. Abdallah Ulega has asked the AU Member states to continue enhancing sustainable fishing because the sector plays an important social-economic role in building national economies through income generation, employment and food security thus supporting multitude of livelihoods.
Hon. Ulega made the remarks on 28 March, 2022, when officiating the Consultative Meeting "To Support AU Members States Involvement, Compliance With Global Instruments And Promote Their Use By AU Member States" held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
We are all aware that there is an ever-increasing demand for fish and fisheries products over the past decade. Trade in fish and fishery products now constitute the most highly traded food commodities internationally, leading to increase in demand which have some negative impacts on the fishing ecosystems and environment as well as declining fish stocks. We are therefore facing common challenges in fisheries management such as overfished stocks, illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, inadequate benefits from trade in fish and fish products, therefore, we need to be careful on how we meet this demand to enable us have sustainable fisheries industry in Africa", insisted Hon. Ulega