A senior official at the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) says the African Union’s Fish Governance II project will help African countries, regional economic communities and regional fisheries bodies to provide consistent responses to the challenges facing the fisheries and aquaculture sector.
Motseki Hlatshwayo, the senior technical adviser for fisheries and aquaculture at the Gaborone-based SADC secretariat, made these remarks at a media training workshop on fisheries management and aquaculture development in Africa on Zanzibar’s Indian Island recently.
The workshop was part of the AUs Fish Governance II project funded by the European Union (EU).
Hlatshwayo said the sector has been impacted by a health crisis, and although it is on the road to recovery, there is much to be done to build resilience and enable actors in the fish value chain to ensure better adaptation.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic has caught the world off guard. “This has given rise to concerns, such as the supply of fish as priority health-related interventions to avoid malnutrition and gender inequalities, investment opportunities, and governance mechanisms to effectively combat the pandemic,” Hlatswayo said.
He said SADC reaffirms its commitment to meeting challenges, and the 20-year commemoration of the SADC fisheries protocol under the theme ‘protecting our fisheries, working for a common future’ reflects this.
Senior livestock manager for the east African community David Balikowa said the training workshop would help African journalists to be aware of the importance of fisheries and aquaculture in developing economies. All Africa