EIA for the Rehabilitation of the Fisheries Port in Berbera, Somaliland concluded
Adi Associates has recently finalised the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the rehabilitation of the fisheries port in Berbera, Somaliland. The project, which commenced in January 2015, included a topographic survey of the port area and its surroundings, noise surveys, a bathymetric survey of the fishing port’s basin, a geotechnical survey, chemical analysis of seabed sediments, a sub-bottom profile survey, and stakeholder consultations.
The fishing port of Berbera is currently used solely by small artisanal fishing boats as the basin is silted up following years of sediment shifting due to the action of the monsoons. The project aims to dredge the basin to -5 m water depth to allow the larger fishing vessels to gain access to the shore facilities. A later stage of the project will also create a deepwater quay, slipway and lifting facilities, workshops and processing areas. The entire project is part of a wider vision to facilitate and enhance the community’s economic prosperity and allowing the fishing industry in the area to grow.
In delivering the assignment, Adi Associates worked closely with the FAO Somalia office in Hargeisa, Somaliland and the municipality of Berbera City. It was assisted in the survey work by a team of Maltese and other international experts.
In the meantime, works on the project have commenced. These include structural improvements to the existing jetty which will be followed by the dredging works.