Esau orders recall of new fishing fees

11 August 2017 | Fishing

Fisheries minister Bernhardt Esau has personally intervened and recalled the controversially steep fishing levies announced last month to widespread outcries.
Coastal permit offices yesterday already displayed a ministerial notice, announcing that permit prices had reverted to the previous N$14 for a monthly permit, and N$168 for an annual permit.
The issue dates back to last month, when the coastal angling and tourism industry were left reeling after a shock announcement by the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources that a monthly fishing permit would be increased to N$1 500, or N$50 per day. Annual coastal fishing licenses increased to N$18 000 per year, up from N$168.
Esau confirmed that he decided to withdraw the controversial government gazette notice 158 and would order new round of consultations with stakeholders to determine suitable levies.
The minister said as a Namibian who grew up alongside the coast, he could relate to the myriad of concerns that were raised and the importance of a thriving angling community.
“We feel there were not sufficient consultations with the stakeholder and members of the angling community, and we need to go back to the drawing board on these fees and levies,” he said.

JANA-MARI SMITH

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