Countries to safeguard marine life

WINDHOEK - A new commission to improve cross-border management by Namibia, South Africa and Angola of their shared fish resources and environmental monitoring along the Benguela Current has been launched, Namibia's daily Allgemeine Zeitung reported yesterday.

WINDHOEK - A new commission to improve cross-border management by Namibia, South Africa and Angola of their shared fish resources and environmental monitoring along the Benguela Current has been launched, Namibia's daily Allgemeine Zeitung reported yesterday.

The Benguela Current Commission was launched last week in Namibian capital Windhoek by fisheries and environment ministers from the three states. It aims to ensure that fish resources along the west coast are safeguarded through joint management and environmental research and monitoring.

Namibia has one of the richest fisheries in the world because of the cold nutrient-rich Benguela Current. But the country has been plagued by illegal fishing.

The project is supported by the United Nations Development Programme, Norway, Germany and the Global Environmental Facility.

They hope it will act as a blueprint for other regional marine conservation commissions.

The Guinea Current, the Canary Current and the Agulhas-Somali Current are other large marine ecosystems. - Sapa-DPA

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