Angola: Fishing Institute to distribute 400 vessels in 2008

18 December 2007

Luanda, Angola, 18 Dec – Angola’s Fishing and Aquaculture Institute plans to distribute, in 2008, 400 vessels for sea fishing and 2,000 canoes for continental fishing, of which 1,000 are motor driven, the Institute’s director said Monday in Luanda.

Speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, Agostinho Caholo Duarte said that the 400 vessels were from Spain, South Africa and China, whilst of the canoes, 1,500 would be manufactured in Luanda and 500 in China.

In relation to continental fishing, he said that the materials, which has begun to arrive in Angola, is made up of equipment such as nets, hooks, lines, nails, needles and compasses amongst other things.

He said that distributing this equipment was part of the Government program to re-launch the fishing sector and to boost continental fishing, which began in 2006 and is due to end in 2010.

Caholo Duarte said that in 2008 fishing was expected to see 120,000 tons per year caught as compared with 100,000 tons in 2007.

The Institute’s mission is to transport fishing materials to the provinces and work towards the smooth running of fishing facilities, cooperatives and fishing support centers. (macauhub)