Fisheries week promotes careers in fishing sector
Celebrates World Fisheries Day
SEYCHELLES: In his opening address at Fisheries Week, which was also attended by President Wavel Ramkalawan, Minister for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Jean-François Ferrari highlighted the opportunities for careers within the sector.
“Throughout this Fisheries Week, we will be sailing on a journey that encompasses various activities aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of the details involved in sustaining our fisheries. The Fisheries Careers Week is an opportunity for us to highlight the diverse and rewarding career paths within the fisheries sector,” he said.
President Ramkalawan was the guest of honour at the official opening of the fisheries week, which coincided with World Fisheries Day, November 21. The ceremony took place yesterday morning at the Seychelles Maritime Academy (SMA), Providence.
The theme for World Fisheries Day 2023 is – Treasures of our Ocean Slogan - Harmony beneath the waves, sustainability in our hands, which resonates with the mandate and vision of all those in the fisheries sector.
Ferrari also announced the launching of a new programme on fish processing that would show the different products that can be done using only resources from the sea. This will be in close collaboration between the Seychelles Fishing Authority and SMA. He commended those who have already embarked on a business in that sector and encouraged others to join as well.
Director for the Seychelles Maritime Academy, Captain Anura Herath noted that the academy stands as a beacon of collaboration with the Ministry for Fisheries and the Blue Economy, Seychelles Fishing Authority, and other stakeholders.
He said that the event was a reminder of the collective responsibility that everyone has in preserving the ocean through the use of sustainable practices as well as finding innovative solutions.
The ceremony was also highlighted by prize giving for the winners of the art competition organised by the SMA, the logo competition by the Department of Fisheries, and the revealing of the new logo.
PHOTO: President Ramkalwan attends the opening of Fisheries Week at the Seychelles Maritime Academy.