Observer/Inspection training by MFMR, EU Somalia and implemented by FAOSO

The Department of Fisheries Management and MCS, MFMR concluded Sunday, October 6; Observer/Inspection training for 13 trainees from the Ministry to build capacity therefore MFMR staff to be able to conduct at sea inspection.

The ministry has been successful in compliance with international fisheries and international law since the  issuance of Tuna and Tuna-like Species fishing licenses last year. MFMR is also planning to issue Tuna licenses this upcoming year; with many changes to its previous license conditions and requirements.

Therefore, this observer and inspection training is part of enhancing marine resource conservation, observing the amount of fish caught by licensed ships; as well as monitoring the licensed vessels compliance that is all part of our  agreed terms and regulations with the fishing vessels operating in Somali’s EEZ.

The training was officially opened by the Director General of the Ministry Mohamud Sh Abdullahi Abdirahman. The training was in two parts; the first part of the training was theoretically conducted on the 1th -2nd June 2019, at the ministry and the staff has been trained with observation and inspection techniques and their legal bases.

It was organized by the director of the Department of Management, Abdi Aziz Haji Bashir along side with other department heads Mohamed Musa Adde and Mohamed Muse Mohamed.

The second part of the training was facilitated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which facilitated teachers and boats on sea training at Lido beach in Mogadishu between 22th September and 6th October 2019. This particular training is aimed at Ministry staff who will be operating at sea either as Observers or inspectors and it is therefore important the staff isamiliar with fishing methods employed, monitor compliance and is also able to advise and guide fishermen on how to improve their fishing techniques.

It has been excellent opportunity in building the skills of Ministry’s fisheries officers for seagoing activities; as well as an efforts to improve the delivery of their optimum services. The trainees  became familiar in fisheries control and learned fishing vessels using longline, navigation, handling, vessel maintenance, safety of navigation at sea, and vessel maintenance.