To provide affordable animal protein (quality fish and fishery products) for the population and contribute significantly to the GDP.

The ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has its mission to plan, develop, rationally mange and conserve all living aquatic resources of the country for the benefit of the country.

The Fisheries Sector Policy is to promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices through good governance while contributing to poverty reduction and wealth creation in Sierra Leone.

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By Max A Konneh, MFMR                                                                                                                             28th, February, 2017

Handing over one of the cold roomsConscious of the important role fish and fishery products play in promoting trade, employment and revenue generation in the country, the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has in close collaboration with the Sierra Fishing Company Limited handed over two Cold Rooms with stand by generators to Market Women at the Congo and Kroo Town Road markets in Freetown. The programme which was initiated by MFMR with support from the Sierra fishing Company Limited is in fulfillment of the latter's corporate social responsibility. Speaking during the commissioning ceremony at the forecourts of both markets on Tuesday, 28th, February, 2017, the Deputy Minister of Fisheries, Charles Rogers said the overall objective of the programme is to ensure a fairly equitable distribution of quality frozen fish products in country, thereby contributing government food security aspirations, reduce post harvest loss and improve on the quality and safety of fishery products.  while outlining the significance of  the facilities along the Fish Value Chain, Mr. Rogers disclosed plans to  establish three more cold rooms in Lumley, Dove Cut and Wellington as part of the their pilot phase.

The Cold rooms, he said will be managed by a committee comprising representatives from council, Market women associations, members of the community, ministry of fisheries and fishing companies, adding that, it should be able to generate revenue to  address issues such as maintenance and payment of stipends to workers. He thanked the then Minister of Fisheries, Capt. Momodu Allieu Pat-Sowe for his pioneering role and management of the Sierra Fishing Company for their support. He entreated the beneficiaries to make the best use of the facilities and hoped they will be of good example for others to emulate. The Managing Director of the Sierra Fishing Company, Bassem Mohamed pledged his company's continued commitment to complement government and expressed their desire to ensure fish is available and affordable in the markets. The Member of Parliament for Constituency 107, Hon. Francis Kowa described the ceremony as a very important event in the history of his constituency and thanked government for its continued assistance. A representative of the Mayor of the Freetown Municipality, Councillor, Masood Sesay referred to the programme as a wonderful opportunity for market women to preserve their fish products for the benefit of all.  The Councilor of Constituency 109, Ward 386, Madam, Abioseh Wilson, outlined some the challenges they faced in the absence of preservation facilities and thanked the ministry and all those who in diverse ways contributed in making the programme a reality. Chairlady of the Kroo Town Road Market, Ajaratu Sesay while giving her Vote of thanks, described the presence of distinguish and key personalities, including the Deputy Speaker of the House as a demonstration of government's commitment to improving the wellbeing of women in the country. Also present at the ceremony which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of fisheries, Mariatu Koroma were the Director of Fisheries, Mohamed Bushura Cole, his Deputy, Madam Kadijatu Jalloh and a cross section of the ministry's staff.