Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Albert Kawana, yesterday announced 298 names of new fishing rights holders selected from applicants who applied for fishing rights in 2018.
The minister made the announcement at the Government Information Centre in Windhoek, where he said 5 176 applications for rights were submitted in 2018 and of these, 125 were applications by companies that were involved in the industry for 20 years and their rights had expired; out of which 85 were successful. The expiry dates range from 2017 to 2020.
Kawana said the interests of workers, as well as economic investment, were taken into consideration during the processing of applications from entities that were already involved in the industry.
Furthermore, 213 applications from new applicants were successful, while 862 applicants were disqualified because they did not comply with the set criteria.
In terms of the set criteria, an application for each species was regarded as a separate application although it was applied for by the same company, he explained.