The Act which is titled “23, of the natural resources Law, Liberian codes revised and repeal subchapter B, fish resources and amend title 30, public authorities law” is meant to create the national fisheries and aquaculture authority.
According to the President, the objective of the Act is to ensure the long term management conservation, development and sustainable use of the fisheries and aquaculture resources and related ecosystem for the benefits of the people of the Republic of Liberia.
“As you are aware, the fisheries and aquaculture sectors have the potential to make an enduring and significant contribution to the development, economy and wellbeing of the nation”, the communication stated.
The President acknowledged challenges in harnessing the resources associated with the sectors, and as such, she said there exists a need to establish an appropriate framework for the formulation of policy and the transparent and accountable management of the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.
The Act she noted will address the ongoing need to comprehensively regulate and control fishing and related activities within the areas under national jurisdiction to combat illegal fishing and related activities.
The Liberian leader in her communication explained that the amendment of the Act will also enforce applicable conservation and management measures within and beyond the fisheries water in accordance with the laws of the republic of Liberia and its obligation under regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements and international law.
“Honorable Speaker, this Act when passed into law, will facilitate the management and development of the fisheries and aquaculture resources for the benefit of the Liberian people, most especially those communities whose livelihood depend on these resources ,” the communication said.
Meanwhile the document was received by the Plenary of the House of Representative and forwarded to Committees on Agriculture and Judiciary to report in one week.