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Former UNICEF boss Christian Balslev-Olesen, the Clipper Group partner whose hostage story became the basis for the film Kapringen, Per Gullestrup, and Rear Admiral in the Danish Navy, Nils Wang, join Somali Fair Fishing’s Board.
By Kurt Bertelsen Christensen, fisherman and project manager
” I am sick and tired of all white people who only come here to photograph our fish and us”, the skipper says to his friends at the quay at the fishing port in Berbera in Somaliland.
Kurt Bertelsen Christensen, a Danish fisherman with vast experience building sustainable fishery in Eritrea, Kenya and in the Aral Lake, officially signed on as project manager for our 2012-2014 demo project on September 1.
Somali Fair Fishing is ready to embark on its very first pragmatic and hands on demonstration project: We will train 75 new Somaliland fishermen on 15 vessels to catch 400 tonnes of fish in 2013-2014 – proceeding to replicate and scale the fishery to cater to other areas and markets in the years to come.
Somali Fair Fishing is proud to announce that we have been given a generous donation from The Danish Commemorative Coin Fund towards our efforts to establish sustainable fishery in Somaliland.
The Somali Fair Fishing board went to Somaliland in March, aiming to define the upcoming demonstration project.
Somali Fair Fishing met 2009 Puntland presidential candidate Nuradin Dirie and former head of UNICEF in Somalia Christian Balslev-Olesen this week.
The LIVIA award is awarded annually by the LIVIA foundation to a person or project deserving honor for solving conflicts. A person or a project that courageously, creatively and without force handle societal conflicts in Denmark or abroad.
Somali Fair Fishing is among the 12 proposals, chosen from a pool of 73, which has been nominated to the LIVIA award. The winner will be announced the 6th of December 2011 in Copenhagen.
Read more about the LIVIAward and LIVIAfoundation at: www.liviafonden.dk
Representatives of the board and secretariat of Somali Fair Fishing were in Brussels presenting the project vision, mission and roadmap to the international maritime community, invited by the Danish Shipping Association, after being present at a piracy hearing in the EU Parliament.
Somali Fishing Fair was formally established. The board were elected; mandate and an organisational framework were decided. Knud Vilby was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors, while Frederik Noltenius Busck was set to head the Secretariat.
The basic idea of Somali Fair Fishing was presented in the national Danish newspaper, Politiken. Read the article.
Challenges and opportunities for the project were identified by experts from the Danish governmental administration, the Danish Navy, the Somali diaspora, NGO’s working in Somalia, independent development experts and the shipping business.