By Lewis Verdier The Bureau of National Fisheries of Liberia has frowned on fishermen in Maryland County for remaining resolute and adamant to mark their respective boats with the county code, MLC.
The boat-marking is a project intended to know, identify and show how many legitimate fishing boats and canoes ply the Liberian waters legally.
The Project Coordinator of the West Africa Regional Fisheries,
Dr. L. Isaah Braimah said there is influx of canoes from Ivory Coast,
thus the marking of boats is to give Liberian boats and canoes identity so that the Navy can easily recognize them on the waters.
“Out of 300 boats and canoes, only 107 were marked,” Dr. Braimah said. He added that the rest of the people have refused to mark their boats for fear that they might pay tax. He said their visit to Maryland is to encourage fishermen to mark their boats at no cost.
Some fishermen told the Bureau of Fisheries that there is a leadership crisis among them because they have organized themselves into three separate groups. Dr Braimah told the fishermen to unite and put into office one leader.