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, Press Officer, MFMR.

V.P. F oh mid unveiling the associationVice President, Victor Bockarie Foh has formerly launched the Sierra Leone/ China Fishing Association at the Conference Hall of the Bintumani Hotel on 26th June, 2017.

The ceremony which coincided with the visit of the Director-General of the Bureau of Fisheries in China, Zhang Xiang Liang was also graced by a number of distinguished personalities including the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Madam Elesabeth Mans, the media and representatives of the Sierra Leone Industrial Fishing Companies Association. Giving his keynote Address, the Vice President described the occasion as "a very good moment for Sierra Leone" as it was the first time the delegation was making a visit to Africa.

He said the formation of the association is a testimony of the fact that there is going to be greater transparency and an opportunity to address the challenges facing the sector. He furthered that the initiative will also create a level playing field for business entities that would lead to a "win- win situation", adding that it will also make the international community have a better perception of china's business entities. China's interest in investing in the country and the delegation 's positive response to the ministry of Fisheries appeal, he opined is also an indication that it is opening up for business and receive more capital investment  that would help the country in its drive to develop the Fisheries sector  to higher height. The Vice President thanked the Minister and staff of the Ministry of Fisheries for their role in transforming the fisheries sector. He looked forward to the signing of the Agreement between Sierra Leone and China that would promote sustainable fisheries cooperation between the two and pledged government's fullest support. Director General of the Bureau of Fisheries in China, Zhang Xiang Liang, said Sierra Leone and China has a long standing history, noting that the ceremony was an opportunity for stakeholders in the sector to address the challenges facing it, including, illegal fishing and the need to conserve the fisheries resources.  The President of the Sierra Leone Industrial Fishing Association, Bassem Mohamed, applauded fishing companies for coming together and looked forward to seeing more fishing associations, working together to promote the industry. President of the China/Sierra Leone Fisheries Association said, some of their objectives are to raise public awareness on the need to promote the industry and contribute immensely to the development of the country through its Corporate Social Responsibility, promote welfare and build the capacities of members for the development of the industry.  He assured all of their desire to promote the rational use of the country's rich fisheries and marine resources. The Economic Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone, Shen Xiaokai underscored the important role the fisheries sector plays in national development, especially in the area of food security and poverty reduction. On behalf of his association, he promised to collaborate with sister organizations and government to promote measures that would enhance the development of the sector. He hoped government will provide the enabling environment for Chinese investments to develop in Sierra Leone.