Mozambique: Inhambane receives patrol ships to protect sea resources

7 November 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Nov – The authorities of the Mozambican province of Inhambane have received two patrol ships, which will have the mission of preventing the pillage of sea resources, according to a report in newspaper Notícias.

The ships, launched on Monday, belong to the Ministry of Defense and will be used to patrol coastal and territorial waters.

The provincial governor, Francisco Itai Meque, said at the launch ceremony that the province’s resources are being stolen by illegal fishing vessels, which often catch protected species.

Recently, the local authorities caught Mozambican fishermen in the act of catching turtles, a species which is totally protected in Mozambique.

The Bazaruto archipelago, a national park, is also under immense pressure, this time from foreign ships, which as soon as they are detected sail into international waters. (macauhub)