Eritrea launches training course for fishermen

Africa-fishermenEritrea’s fishery sector comprises foot fishers, canoe operators, traditional boats and trawlers. (Image source: Fishworld/Flickr)Eritrea has launched a training course for traditional fishermen in the port city of Massawa

The Ministry of Fisheries reported that this course will help to provide a quality fish supply to the country.

Tewolde Kelati, minister of fisheries, said, “The training would make due contribution towards improving the livelihood of the trainees. The course will also raise awareness through translating the skill and knowledge they had acquired into practice.”

Eritrea possesses some of the few remaining underexploited fishery resources in the world. The objective of this training is to raise the production and productivity of fishermen while conserving marine resources, the Ministry added.

Zewoldi Haile, head of human resources development and training branch at the Ministry of Fisheries, noted that the Eritrean Red Sea area is rich in fisheries and other marine resources and highly favourable for fishing. Eritrea also has good potential for freshwater aquaculture development. Both resources have been underexploited, according to Haile.

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