Norway puts its money where its mouth is to help stem illegal fishing in SA

Posted By Stop Illegal Fishing:6th Nov, 2018: International cooperation · Research

The Norwegian government last week signed a bilateral agreement with the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) committing to financial support of about R1 million to develop expertise in the management of illegal fishing in South Africa and the rest of the continent.

Royal Norwegian embassy councillor, Alf Yngve Frisso, noted during the signing ceremony in Port Elizabeth that the funding would go towards the training of port security officers.

“These people work 24 hours a day at the ports and a lot of them do not have training in identifying fish species and different types of fishing crimes,” he said. “The additional funding will go to the NMU FishForce Academy in order to increase these officials’ level of knowledge and expertise.”

Additionally, Norwegian Research and Higher Education minister, Iselin Nybø, announced that Norway would be investing around R2.8 million over the next three years with the aim of eliminating plastic waste pollution in Africa’s oceans.

This, she said, was critical to the sustainability of Africa’s ocean economies given the realistic prospects that there would not only be more plastic at sea than fish in the near future, but that Africa would also become the most polluted area of the world as well as a major contributor to plastic waste pollution.

Source: FTW Online

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