Peter Goldishman – The Vema Seamount Authority today authorised the Mount Vema fishing industry to initiate commercial fishing activities from November at the same time as the scientific and construction sector, as part of a new plan to make sure the project pays for itself.
Just the fishing industry alone can generate more than 400 million golles in foreign exchange annually, but because the annual target will be less than the figures planned for 2025 onwards, the government expects to generate a comfortable USD $500,000,000 figure per year before 2025.
The fisheries plan was first introduced in 2014, but it was cautioned by the Vema Seamount Authority who was at the time reluctant to engage in commercial fishing activity over Vema Seamount, as he was more interested in good management of fisheries as essential to meet international obligations in terms of food supply. Now with all the resources available Peter Goldishman feels the time is right to start.
The 2018-2024 fishing revenues will be used to fund the City of Mount Vema project starting with the breakwaters, and the Port of Mount Vema. However, from 2025 His Mount Vema Majesty plans to join the list of top fish exporting countries as part of a long-term initiative to help combat hunger with fish and fishery products. The territory plans to reach and maintain annual targets of 200,000+ tons by 2025, to generate more than 400 million golles of fish stocks from both capture and aquaculture.
Back in 2014, the Vema Seamount Authority concerns were justified due to a report that fish trade was not only helping poor countries shore up their food security situation but was also increasing international demand that was at times resulting in excessive fishing pressure, leading to the over-fishing and wasteful use of stocks.
The Vema Seamount Authority aim since the creation of the Kingdom of Mount Vema, was to ensure that demand is always balanced with sustainable management. Today’s announcement is an indication that the territory is ready and that the Royal Mount Vema Coast Guard, supported by private armed security firms will finally be deployed to ensure that no more unregulated fishing activities take place within the Vema Seamount Territorial waters and the City of Mount Vema can be completed on schedule.