The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) has levied a fine of US$50,000 on the Management of Africa Zhong Sheng Hai Fishing Company for smuggling a whole consignment of fish on the Liberian Market.
According to NaFAA press release, the operators of the Africa Zhong Sheng Hai fishing Company on June 8, 2018, secretly offloaded huge consignments of fisheries products from Fishing Vessel Fu Hia Yu 6666 at the China Union BMC Pier, Freeport without an import permit from the Fisheries Authority.
The quantity of consignment that was being offloaded was 132.277 tons of fish products, this according to NaFAA release, was revenue intake which was never paid to the government by the Management of the Africa Zhong Sheng Hai Fishing Company as required.
According to the 2010 Fisheries Regulations Section 10, no person shall use a Liberian fishing vessel, foreign fishing vessel or other vessels or engage in any fishing or related activities except in accordance with the regulations and the terms and conditions of a valid and applicable license or authorization.
Since the new Management of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority NaFAA took over the affairs of the Fisheries Sector, Illegal cold storages have been uncovered and compared to regularize their status before operating in Liberia in accordance with the fisheries regulations.
This was triggered by a tour of cold storages in parts of the commercial city of Paynesville Red Light at which time NaFAA’s Management discovered that some cold storages were not part of its database.
NaFAA Management has the constitutional mandate to raise the needed revenue for the government of Liberia through the Fisheries Sector.