In keeping with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force’s Maritime Security objective of strengthening its relationship and partnership with critical stakeholders, members of the National Fisheries Association (NFA) paid a courtesy call on Commander Defence Force, Commodore Raymond King at Defence Headquarters, John F. Kennedy Drive on December 2, 2020.
The objective of the meeting were to establish a formal relationship with the National Fisheries Association via a Memorandum of Understanding; to establish biannual meetings to assess Fisheries concerns and share best practices; to share information and intelligence using secure networks; year-end analysis and debriefs as well as the need for identification and appointment of Liaison Officers to ensure proper channels of communication including operational planning.
At the meeting, the president of the NFA, Mr. Keith Carroll, along with his team, expressed matters relating to maritime resources as well as ways to strategically protect fisheries resources. While thanking Commodore King and the Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force for protecting the territorial waters of The Bahamas, as both sides remain committed to ensuring the stability of the national fishery resource.
Also in attendance at the meeting was Commander Milton Munroe, RBDF Squadron Commanding Officer. Commodore King highlighted other local and regional maritime partners, the United States Coast Guard, Cuba, and Canada, who have all assisted in the protection of our marine resources.
As the Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to protect and patrol the territorial integrity of The Bahamas, Commodore King reassured the NFA that the organization remains committed to protecting the fishing environment and Guarding Our Heritage.