Mozambican fishing exports total 75 million euros in 2005

6 June 2006

Maputo, Mozambique, 06 June – Mozambique’s fishing sector exported a total of 75 million euros’ worth of goods in 2005, against 67 million euros in 2004, an increase of 9 percent year on year, the country’s Fisheries Ministry said Monday in Maputo.

According to figures published in Maputo, in 2005 the sector’s exports totaled 16,580 tons, a similar amount as in 2004, which was estimated at 16,590 tons.

In terms of weighting within total exports, in 2005 shrimp accounted for 63 percent (tons) and 84 percent (value), which is the equivalent of 56 percent and 83 percent growth, respectively.

Figures from the Mozambican government showed that shrimp production has been increasing after a fall, to 7,600 tons in 2003.

Last year shrimp production in Mozambique totaled 8,520 tons, against 8,106 tons from the previous year, which represents an increase of 5 percent. (macauhub)