Mozambique: Treasury nets over US$ 800,000 from auction of illicitly caught fish

12 August 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Aug – A public auction of fish confiscated from a trawler found illegally operating in Mozambican territorial waters has generated receipts of US$ 874,750 , the Maputo fisheries ministry said Monday.

The Antillas Reefer was found illegally fishing 23 July off the coast of Zambezia province. Its catch consisted mainly of shark, sardines and squid. The trawler was owned by Ompala Fishing, a Uruguayan and Namibian firm. Its crew of 36 were mainly Spanish and the catch was destined for Asia, Fisheries Minister Cadmiel Muthemba said.

Shark fishing is banned in Mozambican waters.

The Antillas Reefer will now join Mozambique’s fisheries protection fleet. Maputo’s fisheries authorities said auctions of fish from boats caught illegally fishing have already occurred.

The latest case of illicit fishing in Mozambican waters came to light after complaints from licensed fishermen. (macauhub)