Berbera Fishing Port

Fishing boats at Berbera Port
Fishing boats at Berbera Port

The Somaliland Vice President Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail together with councilor Einar Telnes from the Norwegian Embassy on 21 January officially opened the Berbera fishing port, which the UN Food and agriculture Organization (FAO) has rebuilt, revamped and expanded.

The North-East Coast Fishing Enterprise (NECFISH) operates the fish port. The Norwegian government has provided the funds for the refurbishment of the Berbera fishery jetty and new safe fishing boat designs for the fishery community in Berbera, Bosasso and Mogadishu. The project has comprised capacity transfer of fiberglass boat building skills to Somali artisans, men and women. FAO has implemented the project.

Opening of Berbera Fishing Port
Opening of Berbera Fishing Port by Somaliland Vice President, Mr Abdirahman Abdilahi Ismail

The Vice President, the minister of Livestock Husbandry and Fisheries Hon. Hasan Mohamed Ali, Einar Telnes from the Norwegian government and Berbera Marine College officials attended the function held for handing over locally produced vessels by the Marine College in Berbera. Both FAO and Norwegian officials who spoke at the function addressed the training and improvement of knowledge based skills enhancement for the trainees, which they urged the government to benefit from and build on further. The minister for livestock husbandry and fisheries thanked Norway for the support it provides to Somaliland. He praised the good working relations between Somaliland and FAO and further said that the new administration under the incumbent president, Musa Bihi Abdi is emphasizing on farming production and increasing the benefits from local marine resources.