Mozambique: Authorities want to extend closed season on shrimp fishing on Sofala bank

15 April 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 15 April – The Mozambican authorities are studying the possibility of extending the closed season on shrimp fishing in the Sofala bank in Mozambique to six months, according to newspaper Notícias.

The director of the National Institute of Fishing Research (IIP), Domingos Gove said that the measure, which is at providing more time for breeding, included reducing the system and time available to catch the shrimp by semi-industrial and industrial fishing vessels.

According to the paper, the new closed period could stretch from October to March every year, as compared with the two-month period in January and February.

The project also includes the introduction of a second closed period of one or two months (July or August) in the middle of the year, as well as partial bans in areas close to the Indian Ocean coast at the beginning of the fishing season in April and March.

The fishing administration ahs also decided to introduce a new system for licensing of shrimp fishing, which would make it possible to supervise fishing vessels more closely.

The results of the shrimp survey carried out in January and February, showed that the Sofala bank has a potential catch of around 4,000 tons of shrimp.

In terms of deep sea shrimp (Gamba), a survey carried out between 2004 and 2006 showed that stocks were currently at levels that would allow for fishing to increase gradually by a further 40 percent by 2009. (macauhub)