The Luderitz Mariculture oyster farm near Luderitz produces 25 000 oysters a week for markets in Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa. The young oysters are kept inside mesh bags, which are lowered into the cold waters of Red Ford Bay to grow. As they get bigger, they are transferred to bags with larger and larger mesh size. Finally, they are sorted and weighed and shipped to market. - - Institutional Support in Fisheries Management, Policy and Planning: NAM/90/012/L/01/12. FAO has worked with Namibia to build up the country's fisheries sector from scratch at independence in 1990. An FAO project financed by Norway provided a special advisor to the Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources, who heads a ministry that didn't even exist before independence. The advisor guides the government in myriad ways: structuring the ministry, right down to writing job descriptions for senior posts; implementing the fisheries master plan; drafting legislation; and monitoring whether or not Namibia is fulfilling international fishing treaty obligations. Namibia is held up as a model of sound resource management of one of the world's richest fishing grounds. Fisheries has also meant 14 000 new jobs for Namibians and USD 354 million contributed to export earnings in 2000.
The following photos are general photos of the Namibian fisheries sector, which do not have direct input from an FAO project. The advisor rather acts at the level of the ministry.