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Southern Red Sea region: Traditional fishermen demonstrating improvement of livelihood

Traditional fishermen in the Southern Red Sea region said that they are demonstrating improvement of livelihood thanks to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Marine Resources to rehabilitate them on the basis of modern fishing boats. They further indicated that the Ministry has also been organizing various training courses with a view to enhancing their awareness regarding modern practice of fishing, besides the supply of fishing materials it has been making. Assab, 7 September 2012 – Traditional fishermen in the Southern Red Sea region said that they are demonstrating improvement of livelihood thanks to the initiative taken by the Ministry of Marine Resources to rehabilitate them on the basis of modern fishing boats. They further indicated that the Ministry has also been organizing various training courses with a view to enhancing their awareness regarding modern practice of fishing, besides the supply of fishing materials it has been making.

Among the fishermen, Mr. Bisheir Mohammed and Mr. Daniel Hadish explained that the availability of such boats has uplifted their work enthusiasm, and that they are in a position to gather more than 20 quintals of fish per trip during the fishing season.

Mr. Ali Rabue and Ahmed Rafi’e on their part voiced conviction that working as an association has fostered aggregate fishing output in the region.

Mr. Samson Zecarias from the Ministry of Marine Resources pointed out that the boats were distributed to the traditional fishermen with a view to enhancing fishing capacity in the region, and that there are 40 beneficiaries from the sub-zones of Dahlak, Foro and Massawa, 5 of whom are women.

There exist 600 traditional fishermen in the Southern Red Sea region who work on the basis of 25 associations, according to reports.

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