Sector Stakeholders review the National Aquaculture Policy
The Seychelles Fishing Authority and the Ministry of Fisheries and the Blue Economy initiated a review of the Seychelles National Aquaculture Policy 2018-2022, to ensure that the upcoming policy for the Sector for the next five years is relevant, and in line with new developments and aspirations of the country and its citizens. This was through a one-day workshop held today, Tuesday 23rd August 2022, at the Savoy Seychelles Resort and Spa, Beau Vallon.
The workshop saw the participation of key stakeholders and facilitators of the Aquaculture Sector including Government and Public sector organizations, Civil Society, Aquaculture Applicants and Entrepreneurs, and Private Sector investors.
Through working groups, participants were able to discuss important elements to be incorporated into the upcoming Policy and give their input on how the Aquaculture Sector could develop for the next five years. Several amendments were proposed to current policy statements as well as recommendations for new policy statements to be introduced to address matters like building human capacity, safety and security.
When opening the workshop, the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Fishing Authority, Mr. Nichol Elizabeth said that: “As a new production sector, we must ensure that we provide the most appropriate and favourable environment to support our new aquaculture farmers and enable them to thrive. Key to investment support is ensuring that they operate in favourable policy and regulatory environments.”
The CEO added that “It has become apparent that there are a number of issues and concerns being raised by prospective investors and farmers. It is our role as the regulators to address these concerns, and to adjust and revise our policy and regulatory frameworks to support sustainable investment and ensure that the sector has the best chance of success.”
The workshop was supported by the European Union through the long-term technical assistance programme to support the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) implementation in Seychelles. It was being facilitated by Professor Thomas Hecht who said that “The process was completely transparent, very well attended and valuable recommendations were put forward. They will certainly be taken into consideration and I am very happy with the outcome.”
The points brought forward will be complied and reviewed by the SFA and Ministry of Fisheries that will subsequently propose to the Cabinet of Ministers for their endorsement for the publication of the Seychelles National Aquaculture Policy 2023 – 2027.
SFA CEO opening workshop
Prof. Thomas Hetcht addressing participants
Participants in working groups
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