Mozambique: Government approves fishing agreement with European Union

19 December 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 19 Dec – The government of Mozambique has approved the fishing agreement with the European Union (EU), which is valid for five years, under the terms of which European vessels will be able to bring in 10,000 tons of tuna per year, the Council of Ministers spokesman said Tuesday in Maputo.

The agreement with the EU nets Mozambique 900,000 euros per year, which will be applied to developing the fishing sector.

Spokesman Luís Covane said the date for signing the deal had not yet been set, and preparation for it would be dealt with by the Fisheries Ministry.

This will be the third G+Fishing agreement signed by Mozambique with the EU, following the first signed in 1987, which covered shrimp, tuna and other fish, which was renounced in 1993 after the Mozambican authorities concluded that the country was able to set up its own shrimp fishing fleet.

The second agreement, which was in force between 1003 and 2006, did not included shrimp fishing and limited EU vessels to fishing for prawns and tuna.

However, over the a last few years operators have complained of the loss of commercial value of prawns, which is the reason for the third agreement covering only tuna fishing. (macauhub)