In August, the government finally responded with its stance. The Director General of the National Fisheries and Aquaculture Authority (NaFAA) Emma Metieh Glassco said permitting the vessels would be a “breach of international protocols. The six gigantic vessels that came to Liberia have larger fishing capacities," Glassco said. "Such vessels have never come to Liberia to fish and, worse, their authorization from the flag-state, which is the Peoples Republic of China, has expired." Public Policy 

Liberia refuses licenses for Chinese-flagged trawlers

The Liberian government has officially refused licenses to six Chinese-flagged trawlers, the latest development in a string of similar incidents in Africa. The trawlers arrived earlier this year, and local fishermen’s associations, including the Liberia Artisanal Fishermen’s Association, called on the government to reject the requests for licenses. The six trawlers would be capable of taking 12,000 metric tons (MT) of fish a year – more than the sustainable yearly catch of the species. In August, the government finally responded with its stance. The Director General of the National Fisheries…

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Liberia: Mysterious Deaths and Ritualistic Killings

By Rodney Sieh Monrovia – Mr. Harry A. Greaves Jr., according to sources was dropped off by his driver at the RLJ Hotel off the Robertsfield highway sometime Friday. The former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refining Company reportedly instructed his driver to wait for him, that he would be right back. As the night lingered, investigators say, Mr. Greaves did not return from the hotel. The driver, investigators say reportedly slept in the car until the next morning. Investigators told FrontPageAfrica Sunday that the next day, some of Mr.…

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Senatorial Provisional results: Robert Sirleaf Concedes defeat

Liberian Listener Staff Report MONROVIA—With the National Elections Commission [NEC], yet to officially declare winners in the just concluded senatorial nationwide poll, Robert Sirleaf, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf son who ran as an independent have conceded defeat to rival, ex soccer star George Weah, whose lead observers say is unbeatable and will be elected. Appearing on a recent talk show in Monrovia, Sirleaf told his audience “the outcome of the election is the will of the people of Montserrado County,” and thereby, he had no option but to congratulate his…

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