Tanzania’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Discusses Collaboration with WorldFish Director at COP28

Dubai, UAE – December 4, 2023

At the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28), Tanzania’s Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Hon. Abdallah Ulega, held productive discussions with Dr. Essam Yassin Mohammed, the Director-General of WorldFish, an international organization headquartered in Malaysia.

During their meeting in Dubai, Minister Ulega expressed Tanzania’s keen interest in collaborating with WorldFish to enhance the country’s fishing sector, aiming to make it a more significant contributor to the national economy. This move aligns with Tanzania’s broader strategy to harness the full potential of its aquatic resources.

The talks also centered around key initiatives to mitigate the impacts of climate change on fisheries. Both parties agreed on the importance of implementing measures like coral reef restoration, reducing post-harvest losses in fisheries, promoting marine aquaculture, and improving the quality of marine life raised in captivity. These initiatives are crucial in the face of escalating climate challenges affecting marine ecosystems.

A significant outcome of the meeting was the invitation extended by Minister Ulega to WorldFish to establish an office in Tanzania. This gesture underscores Tanzania’s commitment to fostering international collaborations for sustainable fisheries development and climate resilience.

WorldFish, an organization specializing in fisheries and aquaculture research and innovation, plays a vital role in developing sustainable practices in the fishing industry. Their expertise is expected to contribute significantly to Tanzania’s efforts in transforming its fisheries sector, particularly in the context of climate change adaptation and sustainable aquatic resource management.