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Friday, April 27 2018 25 Ocean Economy Supplement NovaNam, Lalandii to spend N0 million on three new deep-sea hake trawlers Staff Reporter Windhoek Despite environmental operational challenges, the Lüderitzbased hake fishing companies, NovaNam and Lalandii, last week started with cutting steel to build the first of the three-brand new vessels, an investment commitment made in 2017. This first vessel will be incorporated into the Lüderitz’ operations of Lalandii in 2019, and the other two for The design…A three-dimensional design of the new vessels being constructed. NovaNam in 2020. All three vessels will be specially adapted to operate in Namibia’s waters, to meet the specific value add needs of the stateof-the-art processing facilities on land in Lüderitz. With these investment in three new vessels, which will total N$ 450 million, NovaNam and its affiliate, Lalandii, both with the backing of Nueva Pescanova, have given clear signals of their commitment to Namibia and its fishing industry. NovaNam was established in 1990, the year of Namibia’s independence, and Lalandii was acquired by NovaNam in 2005 after the former had been placed into liquidation by its Presentation…David Troncoso (CEO Global Fishing for Nueva Pescanova and chairman of NovaNam), Ignacio Gonzalez (CEO for Nueva Pescanova), Bernard Esau (minister of Fisheries & Marine Resources), Frieda Nangula Ithete (ambassador of Namibia to Spain) Miguel Angel Tordesillas (CEO Nueva Pescanova Namibia & South Africa) and Jacobo Robatto (chairman of Nueva Pescanova). . previous owners. Both companies employ 2 100 employees in Namibia, with 1800 based in the wet fish operations in Lüderitz. More 300 people are employed between NovaNam’s freezer fleet operations at sea and in the value addition factory on land in Walvis Bay. All three new vessels will include highefficiency and carbon emission friendly engines, the latest onboard processing equipment and systems, as well as a c c o m m o d a t i o n and facilities, which will provide greater comfort and enhanced quality of life and working conditions for all the crew. Sound labour relations key in blue economy’s transformation Not so sound…President of the Namibia Seamen and Allied Workers’ Union (Nasawu) Paulus Hango, leading workers from Embwinda Fishing during a peaceful demonstration against their Human Resources Manager this January. Eveline de Klerk Walvis Bay The workforce is key if Namibia is to fully reach its potential and maximise economic and social development thereby transforming the country’s blue ocean economy. Hence the importance of continuously reviewing workers’ rights and conditions of employment so that the workforce remains committed, along with government and relevant stakeholders, to developing the blue ocean economy, says Michael Akuupa, director of the Labour Resource and Research Institute of Namibia (LaRRI). Akuupa adds that all partners and stakeholders should understand how important the ocean, and its natural resources are for the advancement and economic growth of the country, as the sector is one of the biggest employers of the country. “As much is we want to create economic growth by maximising and adding value to our natural resources, we should also pay equal attention to the labour law and those protected by it especially our workforce,” he says. Akuupa explains that although there has not been a lot of reports with regards to safety and wellness of employees in the blue economy, it is worth noting that work in that economic sector is not only confined to workers at sea but includes those who continue to add value out of ocean. “It is sometimes difficult to confirm incidents of rights abuse when local employees are employed on foreign vessels. The case of workers who went on wild cat strike during the past two years, or so, is a case in point. There were also those that were employed by local firms. It is worth to mention that all stakeholders are supposed to know their roles in applying the act. All have rights,” he explains. Hence, Akuupa adds, there is a need to create continuous awareness of the rights of workers and employees. “Labour laws must be observed at all times. All concerned must be responsible for their roles. Information dissemination about prevention of abuse at the workplace must be constantly done. President of the Namibia Fishing Industries, Daniel Imbili, says they want to see more employees’ participation in the mainstream income generating activities. He explains that this can only happen if a trust fund is established for sea workers to assist them, especially when the sector faces rough times. “Workers should also directly benefit from the blue ocean economy. Only then would we be working collectively for the common goal, which is to develop our economy, by creating wealth, employment and wealth distribution,” he explains.

26 Ocean Economy Supplement Friday, April 27 2018 FOA, policing and protecting fisheries Eveline de Kler Swakopmund ‘The Fisheries Observers Agency (FOA) is one of the government entities providing essential support services to the entire fishing sector in Namibia. The self-sustainable entity is entrusted with the biggest responsibility of safeguarding the country’s natural resources to enable responsible harvesting and perseveration of marine life for a further economic growth. Chief executive officer of FOA, Stanley Ndara, says the organisation was established to provide services on board fishing vessels, and also to observe that harvesting is done in line with government policies and guidelines. They are further tasked with the responsibility of collecting biological and scientific data, which is used as input variables in stock assessment models. Ndara explains that fisheries observers are key in linking the fishing sector and other support services with the line ministry, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. They report any illegal activity and violations carried out on board vessels to the ministry for further prosecution. “The Agency is always striving to improve the services it delivers in order to achieve its vision to be the major contributor in the protection of marine resources for the benefit of present and future generations. This is done in a transparent way to include and consult all employees and stakeholders,”Ndara says. FOA’s objective is to compliment g o v e r n m e n t ’ s monitoring, control, surveillance, and scientific activities by placing fisheries observers on board fishing vessels. “The presence of our personnel on board fishing vessels, and on the fishing grounds, is instrumental in preventing illegal fishing activities, such as the dumping of unwanted catches, the dumping of debris as well as enforcing i n t e r n a t i o n a l measures aimed at curbing illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing activities,” he says. Ndara adds observers are also deployed on board commercial fishing vessels operating in the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) with the purpose of ensuring that harvesting operations are conducted within the legal and administrative framework of the marine resources legislation. “We strive to be a major contributor in the protection of marine resources for the benefit of future generations by providing a proactive, cost effective and innovative monitoring service to all our stakeholders through our highly skilled and efficient staff,” he says. The agency has a dedicated 175 workforce, 89 males and 32 females. Only 13 are office based to provide essential support services at Walvis Bay. About 35 are based in Lüderitz, 30 male and five female observers. “We had incidences of illegal dumping overboard of vessels, as well as illegal disposals of hazardous Fisheries police chief…Chief executive officer of Fisheries Observers Agency (FOA), Stanley Ndara, that ensures legalities on fishing vessels to protect the country’s fisheries and marines resources. materials in the past. However, with continues awareness of such offences, there has been a dramatic decrease as most of the companies in the fishing sector resorted to self-regulation, and most now importantly understands that the natural resources belongs to all Namibians and that we all are responsible for its safeguarding.” Marine Resources Forever MISSION STATEMENT We contribute towards sustainable utilisation of Marine Resources within the Namibian EEZ and international waters by providing an efficient and a transparent service to all stakeholders through actively monitoring the compliance with marine legislation and the collection of relevant and reliable scientific data. The agency is furthermore committed to fairness, efficient communication practices, and endeavours to ensure the welfare of its employees. CORE VALUES Our actions towards our stakeholders and the underlying manner how the staff of the FOA conducts themselves is characterised by integrity, commitment and reliability. VISION STATEMENT We strive to be a major contributor in the protection of marine resources for the benefit of future generations by providing a proactive, cost- effective and innovative monitoring service to all our stakeholders through our highly skilled and efficient staff.

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