Namibia’s hake fishery sector lacks transparency and management: study

WINDHOEK: Namibia’s hake fishery sector lacks transparency and management, is over-exploited and quota allocation in the sector is done in a dubious manner.

This is according to a recent study titled ‘Resource rents and resource management policies in Namibia’s post-independence hake fishery’ as authored by Carola Kirchner and Anthony Leiman.

It was published during July 2014 in the Maritime Studies’ Journal. Resource rent is a key concept in the management of fisheries, and refers to a source of considerable wealth, potentially or actually available to society.

The study reviewed the nature and outcomes of policies, incentives and management procedures in the Namibian hake industry from independence in 1990 to the present.

The study said the hake industry is both complex and secretive, adding that at the heart of the problem is the quota allocation process. It said some operators expressed concerns that incompetence is rewarded, and that the current process is at best dubious.

The study also warned that the key failing of Namibia’s hake policy has been its inability to restore the resource.