12 EU funded fishing vessels with inboard diesel engines were handed over this morning by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Puntland State who in turn handed them over directly to active fishing co-operatives working on the Puntland coast.
“The vessels are another contribution from the Coastal Communities Against Piracy (CCAP) Project, funded by the European Union, which works to develop a vibrant fisheries sector that harnesses the great potential offered by Somalia’s coastline by providing decent employment opportunities young people along the fisheries value chain,” said John Purvis, FAO’s CCAP Project Manager in Somalia.
“The Government of Puntland is committed to ensure that these vessels contribute to generating income and opportunities to youth in the coastal communities of Puntland. We thank you FAO and the European Union for their longstanding and continued support to develop our fisheries sector,” said Hon. Abdiqani Gelle Mohamed, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Puntland State of Somalia, after the signature of the Property Transfer Form between FAO and the Ministry,
Providing alternatives to piracy strengthening fisheries sector
The vessels are designed for long line fishing which is a more sustainable type of fishing, able to provide high quality and value individual fish. The new vessels include features which improve the safety of the fishers operating in coastal and offshore waters. They also provide better facilities for fish handling on board and improved efficiency through the use of the in-board diesel engines and they are better for the environment than traditional outboard engines.
The EU remains committed to support Somalia’s government institutions in their efforts to tackle the drivers that may push young Somalis into high seas piracy by giving them viable alternatives. Developing a solid fisheries sector is crucial not only to put a halt to illegal activities in the sea, but also for improving Somalia’s food security.