RUNDU, 14 JUN – More than 100 people attended a public awareness session on the fishing rights application process at Rundu on Wednesday.
The meetings will be held countrywide this week and started in Windhoek on Monday.
Only new applicants will be allowed to apply and the deadline for applications is 31 July 2018.
Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernhardt Esau last month announced that 96 fishing rights in nine fishery species are to be issued this year.
These include hake, horse mackerel, monk, red crab, rock lobster, line fish, large pelagic fish, mullets and seals.
A presentation on how to fill in the forms, the various requirements and submission procedures was on Wednesday done by a senior official in the ministry, Erastus Mupiri.
Mupiri explained that completed application forms can be submitted in Windhoek but regional applicants can also submit their forms to the governors’ offices.
Many of the people in attendance asked the ministry to extend the due date, while others suggested that 96 available fishing rights be divided amongst the regions.
Mupiri however explained that the due date cannot be extended.
“The minister was advised to start the process at this time in order to give officials in the ministry about two months to evaluate the applications,” he said.