THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
BY ANDREW PARKS
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ff the coast of Liberia, small-scale fishermen return from a laborious day of fishing. Each vessel
displays flags representing the diverse nationalities of the boat owner and the workers on board.
The fish trade generates livelihoods for millions of people in Liberia and West Africa generally,
and represents a critical source of nutrition. Until recently, the fish population had been deci-
mated by large-scale industrial trawling. However, thanks to a partnership among the Liberian Ministry
of Fisheries, the World Bank and the West Africa Regional Fisheries Program, conservation zones where
trawlers are not allowed to fish have been established and dedicated to local fishing communities. These
efforts have enabled small-scale fishermen to reclaim their livelihoods and improve the quality of life for
their families and communities.
Andrew Parks is a Foreign Service officer posted in Monrovia. As an engineering officer with USAID, he works on
economic growth, health and education programs as they pertain to the development of infrastructure—including
power production; farm-to-market roads; health clinics; community water distribution and treatment systems;
and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) programs for rural schools.