MINISTRY OF FISHERIES AND MARINE RESOURCES

Query: What is a fishing right? How and when is the right obtained?

Response: A “fishing right” means a right to harvest marine resources, granted under section 33 of the Marine Resources Act No. 27 of 2007. A fishing right is obtained when the minister responsible for fisheries calls for applications for fishing rights from the general public. Interested persons and groups may apply to the minister for the right to harvest marine resources by using an application form (Annexure A), attached to the regulations.

Query: How do I know when to apply for a fishing right?

Response: An announcement on when to apply for a fishing right is made in the Government Gazette, and is also placed as a notice in the print media.

Query: What is the procedure when applying for a fishing right?

Response: You start by submitting a proposal, detailing the interest sub-sector, and area with a clear business plan that includes and sets out strategies for social contributions.

In your application you should include the name of the applicant, postal address, business or residential address, telephone and facsimile numbers. In respect of foreign companies: name of local representative, postal address, business or residential address, telephone and facsimile numbers, and the species or fisheries in respect to which a right to harvest is sought.

You can visit any Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources office for an application form. All applications for fishing rights should be directed to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.

Query: Who qualifies to apply for fishing rights and on what basis are the rights granted?

Response: All Namibians and investors are treated equally, that is why the minister uses public media to announce and invite interested parties to apply for the rights at appropriate times.

Fishing rights are granted upon the availability of such a right, subject to conditions for harvesting the interested marine resources and other criteria set out under sub-section (4) under section 33 of the Marine Resources Act, No. 27 of 2000. It should be noted that, when granting rights to harvest marine resources, priority will be given to Namibians and Namibian businesses in line with the Namibianisation policy. However, opportunities for joint ventures, or wholly foreign-owned ventures exist for foreign direct investors.

Query: How is the duration of a fishing right determined?

Response: The duration of fishing rights are adjusted from time to time, and are determined according to the provision of Part ll of the Marine Resources Act, No. 27 of 2000, which gives the minister the power to determine general policy with regard to the conservation and utilisation of marine resources. There are varying durations of allocated fishing rights, which are classified into four categories and divided as follows: long-term rights of 20 years; medium-term rights of 15 and 10 years; and short-term rights of 7 years.

Charlie Matengu, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, E-mail Address: cmatengu@mfmr.gov.na.