To address the Issue of Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing system in the country and to also enforce the 1994 Fishing Act, fishermen at Portee Wharf and Tombo have surrendered their bad fishing nets to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR).
Earlier on before the Minister toured the Portee and Tombo Wharfs and witnessed the selling of the good fishing nets imported by her ministry.
She expressed satisfaction at the way the selling process is taking place and the compliance of fishermen to put away their bad nets and purchase the good ones.
The Minister also expressed thanks to the Councilor of that ward Alusine Conteh for the efforts he has made on sensitizing his people about the good nets.
Haja Afsatu Kabba assured them that concession will be given to fishermen that act in accordance with the rules and regulations of her Ministry.
On Tuesday, the Minister and the Director of Fisheries Alhaji Mohamed Sheriff and other senior officials and the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Crime Services Francis Munu witnessed the off- loading of the nets from a police truck at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Pademba Road in Freetown.
The Minister said the nets will be under protective custody at the CID until such a time when they will be burnt the same way the cocaine was burnt.
The Minister called on the fishermen to adhere to President Koroma’s Agenda for Change.