The Directorate is composed of five Divisions namely: Policy and Planning, Economics, Fisheries Administration, Statistics and Fisheries Information Management.All staff of the Directorate are based at MFMR headquarters in Windhoek.
About 50% of the rural population live in the northern regions and derive food, income and informal employment from inland fish resources.In addition to the tree Directorates, a specialised division coordinates fisheries co-operation with states within the Southern African development Community (SADC) and a General Services Division is responsible for matters relating to finance, personnel, transport and other auxiliary services.A Directorate for Aquaculture should be established during 2003. "To Strengthen Namibia's position as a leading fishing nation and contribute towards the achievements of our economic, social and conservation goals for the benefit of all Namibians" Key objectives in achieving this mission are to:2.2 DIRECTORATE OF RESOURCE MANAGEMENT Purpose of the Directorate: Provide advice needed to manage the sustainable utilisation and conservation of livening aquatic resources.Table 1: Harvest of the Main Commercial Species, 1992-2000 (tonnes)Source: Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR). Marine catches are landed mainly at two major ports: Walvis Bay and Luderitz.
The absence of an artisanal sector makes monitoring of catches relatively easy.
1 LOCATION OF LANDINGS SITES 1.1 MARINE CAPTURE FISHERIES Namibia has one of the most productive fishing grounds in the world, due primarily to the presence of the Benguela current.