Luanda, Angola, 12 Dec – The director of Angola’s Institute for Development of Traditional Fishing (Ipa), Agostinho Caholo, has said that the results achieved this year in the fishing sector were unsatisfactory, as they do not yet meet the needs of the population.
Caholo, who was speaking to Angolan news agency Angop, on summarising activities carried out by the IPA in 2008, said that the ineffective operation of support centres and lack of training of fishing crews had led to a significant fall in the supply of fish to consumers in the country.
Added to these factors, most cooperatives had organisational problems and difficulties with fuel supply.
Caholo said that of the 600 vessels with a centrally mounted engine delivered for fishing in 2008, just 30 had been in operation.
He noted that, along the Angolan coast there were currently 7,000 vessels, of which just 2,000 were able to operate safely.
“The Government’s target is to provide these 7,000 vessels with the safety conditions and potential to fish,” he said, adding that in order for this to occur obsolete vessels would be replaced with new or safer ones.
In 2009, Ipa plans to continue focusing on renewing the fishing fleet and providing fishermen with 1,000 extra vessels.
In relation to fresh water fishing, the IPA director said that 3,000 canoes would be delivered in 2009, as compared to 500 this year. (macauhub)